Memphis public health worker will

share experiences from Burma

Meredith Walsh, a 29-year-old Memphis native who works with refugees in Thailand and Burma, will address Pax Christi Memphis on Tuesday, December 4th, about her recent experiences there.

Pax Christi has announced a change in their regular meeting time, and will now begin their regular monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Church of the Holy Spirit, 2300 Hickory Crest Drive in Memphis.

Burma (Myanmar) began making world headlines a few weeks ago, when pro-democracy demonstrators, including thousands of red-robed Buddhist monks, took to the streets to protest that country's repressive military junta.The regime's armed forces responded with brutal attacks on the unarmed protestors, killing and wounding many and imprisoning others. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, herself a prisoner of the regime for many years, has served as a heroic symbol of the Burmese people's courageous struggle for human rights.       

Meredith will address the current situation from the perspective of her public health work among the regime's victims. For over two years she has served internally placed persons (IDP) within Burma, as well as refugees who cross the border into Thailand, through an indigenous organization, the Burma Medical Association.

Meredith is a graduate of White Station High School (1996), Smith College (BA 2000), and the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH 2005). In 2004 she completed post-graduate studies in The Hague, Netherlands. For three years (2000-2003) she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. She recently returned from a global conference in Nairobi, Kenya, addressing reproductive health issues of women in crisis situations, such as war and natural disaster.

The public is urged to attend this very timely discussion. Anyone with questions about Meredith’s presentation, or about Pax Christi Memphis may call 901-266-2464.

News release prepared by Paul Crum, Pax Christi Memphis