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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


Nov 8, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 3, 2017 jon Slade
Oct 29, 2017 Jozef Oud
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Oct 23, 2017 Ana Torres
Oct 20, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Oct 18, 2017 Susan O'Connor Don't turn your back on people who need medical help. Please stand in their corner.
Oct 18, 2017 jane leavitt
Oct 14, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 13, 2017 Richard Bosboom
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Oct 12, 2017 Janet Pickard Burma is a neighbor needing aid.
Oct 11, 2017 Janice Banks
Oct 5, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 29, 2017 Julie Reid
Sep 19, 2017 Shona Steere
Sep 14, 2017 deb romero
Sep 10, 2017 Roxanne Pranger
Sep 3, 2017 Lillian Kraemer
Aug 25, 2017 Amanda Barnes
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Aug 23, 2017 Louise Broderick
Aug 23, 2017 Diane M McCoy
Aug 16, 2017 Paola Moretti
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Aug 7, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Aug 5, 2017 Ingrid Brown
Aug 1, 2017 Sherry Spurling
Jul 29, 2017 Debbie Meadows
Jul 28, 2017 Silvia Bertano
Jul 27, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 23, 2017 Susanne Hesse & Doug Dyer
Jul 16, 2017 John Chambers
Jul 2, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 2, 2017 Leah Santini
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Jun 24, 2017 Thao Vu
Jun 20, 2017 Mark Berriman
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 4, 2017 Marianne Christensen
Jun 2, 2017 Helen Freer
May 21, 2017 Kristin Sullivan
May 21, 2017 Raleigh koritz
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Marilyn Williams

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