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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

Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 3, 2018 Becky Anderson
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Jul 29, 2018 Melissa Newman
Jul 21, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 21, 2018 Virginia Olson
Jul 20, 2018 Eloise van Biljon
Jul 20, 2018 Judith Laws
Jul 20, 2018 CHRIS D
Jul 20, 2018 Bob Stuart Transitions are difficult even with plenty of funds. Anyone who has ever moved house should know that.
Jul 20, 2018 Sara Arroyo
Jul 19, 2018 Janet Liss
Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 10, 2018 Sue&Tim Scholl
Jul 9, 2018 Judith Lotz
Jul 7, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jul 7, 2018 Ryan Mckenzie
Jul 2, 2018 Diane Gravette
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Jun 26, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 24, 2018 Hunter Winn
Jun 20, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 14, 2018 Joan Autry PLEASE! Help these poor people in their struggle to simply live! Australians are good, decent people. Please continue to help them!
Jun 14, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Jun 11, 2018 Brianna Onken
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Help the children in need of medical assistence. Restore funding to the Mae Tao Clinic
Jun 8, 2018 Anne Bekkers
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Cara Blazucki
Jun 6, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Jun 5, 2018 Donald Glenister
Jun 1, 2018 Mari Mennel-Bell
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May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
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May 27, 2018 Amanda Albuquerque
May 27, 2018 Alexandra Smith
May 25, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
May 24, 2018 Gemma Eggleton
May 23, 2018 Alvena Pauls
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May 20, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
May 20, 2018 Geraldine Hughes
May 20, 2018 Edward Hughes
May 17, 2018 Danuta Baziuk

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