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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

Apr 25, 2018 Mary Jo Al-Tukhaim
Apr 25, 2018 Brandon Juhl
Apr 24, 2018 Deborah Boychuk
Apr 23, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 19, 2018 Annicka Chetty
Apr 16, 2018 Heather Thompson
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 10, 2018 Brian Reynolds
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Lesley Adamson
Apr 5, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Mar 26, 2018 Jane Chischilly
Mar 26, 2018 Jean Thompson
Mar 22, 2018 David Young
Mar 19, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
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Mar 16, 2018 Bonnie Gallik
Mar 16, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 16, 2018 Anthony Charles
Mar 16, 2018 Mary Hunt
Mar 12, 2018 Courtney Sulak
Mar 7, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 7, 2018 r van strien
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Mar 3, 2018 B. Thomas Diener
Feb 28, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Feb 26, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 26, 2018 Robert Haile Please continue to help these poverty stricken people. The consequences of war last a long time.
Feb 26, 2018 Judith Brown
Feb 17, 2018 Judy Hayne
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Feb 11, 2018 dritan zmali
Feb 10, 2018 Oscar Landé
Feb 9, 2018 Lora Zeis
Feb 4, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
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Feb 2, 2018 wynta dangerfield
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
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Jan 26, 2018 Sabrina Degasperi
Jan 22, 2018 Louise​ Gross
Jan 22, 2018 Ian Hodgkiss
Jan 19, 2018 Ingrid Bichler
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Jan 12, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Jan 9, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Dec 22, 2017 Christian Müller
Dec 13, 2017 Dan Michaud

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