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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


Sep 2, 2014 Armin Rauthe-Schöch
Sep 2, 2014 Wendie Jara
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Christy DuCharme
Sep 2, 2014 Frances Osteen Once Burma was an ally. Now not so much. Please keep the clinic and don't send the refugees home to nothing. Thank you.
Sep 2, 2014 carrie McDowell
Sep 2, 2014 Rosina Wilson
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 William Ronald
Sep 2, 2014 Kevin Patterson
Sep 2, 2014 Cynthia Cabell
Sep 2, 2014 Joan K. Cuplin
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Liv Graham
Sep 2, 2014 Fran Fulwiler
Sep 2, 2014 Dana Miranda
Sep 2, 2014 natalie SENECAL
Sep 2, 2014 Clemence villiers
Sep 2, 2014 Nicole Miller
Sep 2, 2014 Cheryl Newcomb
Sep 2, 2014 Lori Mathis
Sep 2, 2014 Joanne Lord MacLeod There is a definite need there .When help has been given before it is unfair to stop it now . Too many people depend on it !
Sep 2, 2014 Mary Detrick
Sep 2, 2014 Erandy Ramirez
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 lynn noe unless there is corruption, that you can clear up, these people really need your aid.
Sep 2, 2014 Jean Hagan
Sep 2, 2014 M Gaitskill
Sep 2, 2014 Ann Lauffer
Sep 2, 2014 Nancy Hecko
Sep 2, 2014 Julian Beckett
Sep 2, 2014 Debra Walker
Sep 2, 2014 M Menotti
Sep 2, 2014 Jan Slatter
Sep 2, 2014 Elizabeth Highton
Sep 2, 2014 Jocelyne PLATHEY
Sep 2, 2014 Maria Lemos
Sep 2, 2014 Denise Mitchell
Sep 2, 2014 Miriam Oldenburg
Sep 2, 2014 Celine Teigland Helland
Sep 2, 2014 Jessica Mulqueen
Sep 2, 2014 Donna Coliz
Sep 2, 2014 Salita chanthara
Sep 2, 2014 Indra Garcia
Sep 2, 2014 Karen Sullivan
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Margaret Walker
Sep 2, 2014 Jennifer Hardin
Sep 2, 2014 Sean O'Keeffe

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