16 July 2011
Last updated at 01:07
During the 1980s, Maw Keh was deeply involved in Burma's civil war, fighting against the government. Now, he runs a prosthetics clinic where some of his patients are the troops he once fought.
The clinic, across the border in the Thai town of Mae Sot, treats victims of the landmines planted by both sides - rebels from the ethnic Karen group and Burmese government troops.
Many of the workers at Maw Keh's clinic first arrived there as patients who had lost limbs. Maw Keh is also an amputee, having stepped on a landmine and lost a leg in the mid-1980s during an assault on a Burmese army compound.
Maw Keh says his workers have a special understanding of their patients because of their own experiences.
It took Maw Keh more than a decade to set up his clinic in Thailand, having first established medical camps in Burma, which he says were destroyed by the Burmese army.
Mae Sot is home to thousands of people from Burma, many of whom are ethnic Karens and have fled their home country to escape conflict.
The intensity of fighting between Karen rebels and government troops has eased in recent years, but victims of landmines continue to cross the border for treatment.
The clinic, which is part of a much larger medical complex, currently treats about 20 patients each month
Many of the victims are civilians, because the landmines have a lifespan of more than a decade, shift when there is flooding, and are virtually impossible to detect. The landscape in Burma's Karen state is littered with them.
Maw Keh says he does not ask his patients where they come from, or what side they are on.
"A lot of Burmese soldiers come here, the same soldiers I fought against. We do not discriminate on ethnicity, politics, or religion. We never separate into friend or enemy," he says. (Images: Arthur Nazaryan; Words: Olivia Katrandjian)