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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 21, 2014 Lauren Haworth
Sep 19, 2014 ana murici
Sep 18, 2014 Priscilla Robinson
Sep 18, 2014 Patrick Edwards
Sep 18, 2014 Arkady Vyatchanin
Sep 17, 2014 Nicole Pans
Sep 15, 2014 Deborah Cox
Sep 15, 2014 Soheyla Azizi
Sep 15, 2014 Cynthia Tarpein
Sep 15, 2014 Lindsey Granger
Sep 15, 2014 Barbara Cramer
Sep 15, 2014 Cheryl Luttrell
Sep 14, 2014 Ellen Walton
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Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) We need to do something here!!!
Sep 14, 2014 Lucy Gowrie We are our brothers' keepers and life in Burma is desperate.
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Sep 14, 2014 Catarina Braz
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) Everyone has a right to live.
Sep 14, 2014 Jonathon Tingey
Sep 14, 2014 Danielle Hoang
Sep 14, 2014 carlos correia
Sep 14, 2014 Linda Blijham
Sep 14, 2014 Real Pelletier
Sep 13, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 12, 2014 Violeta Villalobos
Sep 12, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 11, 2014 yolanda harned
Sep 10, 2014 Theresa Fletcher
Sep 10, 2014 Catherine Gaspard
Sep 9, 2014 Deanne Swaringen
Sep 9, 2014 Natalie Gagnon
Sep 9, 2014 Stan Baker
Sep 9, 2014 Mariana Fuzaro
Sep 8, 2014 Greatest Ever
Sep 7, 2014 Wayne Middleton
Sep 7, 2014 Mark Aziz
Sep 5, 2014 Kristie Hannan Keep supporting the Mae Tao clinic.
Sep 4, 2014 Kimberly Myhre
Sep 4, 2014 Jessie Bowen
Sep 4, 2014 Jennifer Wellington
Sep 3, 2014 Richard Bosboom
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

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