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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


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Dec 18, 2014 Beata Fajencka Proszę o kontynuowanie finansowania kliniki Mao Tao .
Dec 16, 2014 hebe martorella
Dec 15, 2014 Leila Mota
Dec 15, 2014 Leslye Schoenhuth Help these Brutalized Children. The Cost is Small.
Dec 15, 2014 Tina Bo
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 11, 2014 annette florence
Dec 11, 2014 Rebeca Rauda
Dec 5, 2014 natalie hughes
Dec 5, 2014 samantha jordan
Dec 4, 2014 Lynn Webber
Dec 2, 2014 Thomas Gale
Dec 2, 2014 Shawnea Malin
Dec 2, 2014 Martina Popova
Nov 27, 2014 Dina Mattas
Nov 27, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 27, 2014 Kammy Yedor
Nov 22, 2014 Megan Jenkins
Nov 22, 2014 GORKEM SIFAEL
Nov 22, 2014 craig huckerby
Nov 21, 2014 Nanlouise Wolfe
Nov 21, 2014 Virginia Caudill
Nov 21, 2014 Louise Wylie
Nov 20, 2014 Bethany Scott
Nov 20, 2014 Hannah Rees
Nov 20, 2014 Tania Costa
Nov 20, 2014 katleen van eynde
Nov 20, 2014 Eduardo Farcioli
Nov 20, 2014 Georgia Allen
Nov 20, 2014 Daniel Ramirez
Nov 20, 2014 Barbara Meineke
Nov 20, 2014 kimberley edmondson
Nov 19, 2014 Diane Betts Please reconsider your decision to stop funding to the Mae Tao Clinic
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Nov 19, 2014 Sarah Thornhill
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Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Lee
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Nov 19, 2014 Adam Maunder
Nov 19, 2014 Joan Jordan
Nov 19, 2014 Emily Trump
Nov 19, 2014 Mays Rihan
Nov 18, 2014 Lindsay Mugglestone
Nov 14, 2014 jeff boden
Nov 14, 2014 Piero Masarati
Nov 13, 2014 EJ Frost
Nov 11, 2014 Muriel Servaege
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