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Every year, Dr. Cynthia Muang's Mae Tao Clinic helps more than 150,000 refugees, unemployed, farmers, and migrant workers in need on the Burma/Thai border. Now, even as Dr. Cynthia has been awarded Australia's prestigious Sydney Peace Prize for her work over the last 24 years, the Australian government has decided to completely cut support for the Mae Tao Clinic. AusAID believes that since the official cessation of hostilities has come to pass, it's time for everyone to go home.

Anyone who has studied the situation knows it's not that easy. These are people who crossed into Thailand to trade everything they had for safety. What they left behind has been ravaged by conflict and neglect - or confiscated by Burma's government. Landmines and possible violence, not to mention a completely depleted infrastructure, await them if they return now. Does AusAID think repatriation can be completed overnight? Most sources, including UNHCR, dispute that idea.

Tell Australia's Foreign Minister to keep supporting the Mae Tao clinic. As the clinic's second largest donor, AusAID's support makes a difference for tens of thousands of people in need every year.

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Hon. Julie Bishop,
Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Australian Government justly chose to award Dr. Cynthia Muang the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize for her work on the Burma/Thai border. Her Mae Tao clinic helps more than 150,000 people in need of medical treatment, including those displaced by conflict. Anything left behind by these refugees was ravaged by conflict and neglect - or confiscated by Burma's government. Landmines and possible violence, not to mention a completely depleted infrastructure, await them if they return now.

But AusAID, an extremely significant donor, has made the decision to completely cut funding for the Mae Tao clinic in 2014. This is the wrong choice. Tens of thousands of people remain in need of help - people who cannot retun to their homes in the current situation, as well as impoverished people who would receive no medical attention without the Mae Tao Clinic.

AusAID's intention to help organizations working inside Burma is admirable. But the current lack of health infrastructure and human rights in the country means that it will be years before returning refugees and other populations have access to basic resources, much less to effective comprehensive healthcare. In an area where 70% of deaths are caused by readily preventable medical conditions like malaria and pneumonia, what will these refugees do without work like Dr. Cynthia's?

Please restore funding to the Mae Tao clinic. The current need is vital.

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2015 Danielle Schultz
May 21, 2015 Meta Williams
May 20, 2015 marie van hooff
May 20, 2015 Jonatha Wilsnack
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May 19, 2015 Jane Woerner
May 19, 2015 Shailini Karasek
May 19, 2015 KEY KLAUS
May 19, 2015 Sharon Kirk
May 18, 2015 Jennifer Funnell There's no good reason to cut the funding and a lot of good reasons to keep it going - and those reasons are all suffering human beings.
May 18, 2015 Lynn Waterman
May 18, 2015 Mary Ellen Casey
May 18, 2015 Susan Landick
May 18, 2015 Leif Eriksson
May 18, 2015 Carl Nylund
May 18, 2015 terri devitt God says to give to the poor! We cannot abandon these people.
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May 18, 2015 Edith Williams
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May 3, 2015 Sister James Marie Gross
Apr 29, 2015 Vivian Hih
Apr 29, 2015 Laura Dietrich
Apr 29, 2015 Sandra Jesionek Do the right thing here! The world is watching....
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Apr 28, 2015 Joyce Blodgett
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Apr 17, 2015 Christina Michael
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Apr 15, 2015 Christina Huys
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Apr 12, 2015 Dana Wong
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