Former loyalists lose faith in Myanmar's democracy icon

In this Oct 17, 2015 photo, Aung San Ms Suu Kyi speaks during a campaign rally for her National League for Democracy party in Thandwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. (AP Photo)

YANGON -- As Aung San Suu Kyi launched a national struggle against decades of harsh military rule, one medical student worked tirelessly at her side, facing down gun-wielding soldiers trying to crush the surging pro-democracy movement.

For her activism and loyalty, Ma Thida suffered six years of mostly solitary imprisonment and nearly died of illnesses.

Now a medical doctor, novelist and recipient of international human rights awards, Ma Thida has few kind words for the former mentor she once called “my sister who always remained in my heart.”

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