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Kyaw Thu and the Free Funeral Society in Burma
Acclaimed actor and director, Kyaw Thu is a popular figure in Burmese society. Since the early 2000s he has devoted much of his time to do social work for the poor and helped found the Free Funeral Service Society that has provided free funerals to more than 100,000 people. He has used his prominence to help the country's poor and in the process has gradually emerged as a vocal critic of the Burmese government. He was arrested in October 2007 for distributing donations to monks during the Saffron Revolution in 2007 and in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008 it was his organisation that provided much needed assistance, food and water to the thousands left to perish by the authorities.
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