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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


Jul 30, 2014 Judy McKinney
Jul 29, 2014 Tom Pitman
Jul 29, 2014 Lana LeSoleau
Jul 29, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 29, 2014 Virginia Belanger
Jul 28, 2014 Deborah Wood
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) All finances are tight right now, but please don't cut Dr. Muang's Mae Tao Clinic's funding. Just look at all she's done -- and is doing!
Jul 28, 2014 Paula Hartgraves
Jul 26, 2014 marla armstrong
Jul 25, 2014 Val searson
Jul 24, 2014 Maridell Price
Jul 22, 2014 Brian Reynolds
Jul 21, 2014 Janice Sprow God bless DR Muang
Jul 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2014 Jan Adler
Jul 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2014 Jan Kindred
Jul 17, 2014 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
Jul 17, 2014 Nikos Nizamis
Jul 16, 2014 Ben Ferre
Jul 16, 2014 hanna kühne
Jul 15, 2014 Marie Stone
Jul 15, 2014 Suzan Ward
Jul 15, 2014 Nancy Sanderson
Jul 13, 2014 Megan Speight
Jul 13, 2014 j.s. simpson
Jul 13, 2014 Saundra Adams Look at Afghan what happened to them when support was removed, the same will happen to Burma, support these people for a new life.
Jul 10, 2014 kim hodgson
Jul 9, 2014 Pamela DeLitta
Jul 9, 2014 Fay Luna van Hardeveld
Jul 9, 2014 Quentin Babel
Jul 9, 2014 Sandra Tetenburg
Jul 8, 2014 Mark Bastian
Jul 8, 2014 Vikki Fielden
Jul 8, 2014 Margaret Redus
Jul 8, 2014 kevin king
Jul 7, 2014 Lidija Jovanović
Jul 7, 2014 Jose Barrios Vanegas
Jul 7, 2014 Marissa Niebla Please continue to support the Mae Tao clinic.
Jul 7, 2014 Maddy O
Jul 7, 2014 Lonie Miesner
Jul 7, 2014 Karen Watson
Jul 7, 2014 David Schaechtel
Jul 7, 2014 Roberto R Bravo
Jul 7, 2014 LaDonna Earl-Jones Please continue to support for the clinic. These people still need help.
Jul 7, 2014 Susan Summers
Jul 7, 2014 Diane Diernbach
Jul 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2014 Darlene Broughton

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