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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


Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 18, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Jan 17, 2017 THEODORE Mertig
Jan 17, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 15, 2017 Rogi Rogic
Jan 15, 2017 Igor Balint
Jan 14, 2017 Janine Corday
Jan 13, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Jan 11, 2017 An Feig
Jan 10, 2017 Gail Serra
Jan 8, 2017 Nancy Wein
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Jan 7, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Jan 6, 2017 Lea Faulks
Jan 6, 2017 Lisa Porter Outsiders shouldn't be telling you your business, but this sounds like a meaningful and important target for funding. Please reconsider.
Jan 5, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Jan 5, 2017 Vicki de Bruin I am Australian and this matters to me
Jan 4, 2017 GIUSEPPINA BERTANI
Jan 4, 2017 Ronald Rutzky
Jan 2, 2017 K Zoll
Dec 29, 2016 Lynne Pateman
Dec 29, 2016 Dennis Doyle
Dec 28, 2016 Lisa Cook
Dec 22, 2016 Shannon Erickson
Dec 21, 2016 Joy Smiley
Dec 19, 2016 Richard Athans
Dec 19, 2016 Ashley Burger
Dec 18, 2016 Julie Martin
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Dec 7, 2016 Brenda Hammond
Dec 4, 2016 Susan Kuehnling
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Nov 24, 2016 Sissel Frettim
Nov 23, 2016 Lynn Hansen
Nov 23, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
Nov 13, 2016 Victoria Peyser
Nov 10, 2016 libby. Berman
Nov 4, 2016 Bonnie Steiger
Nov 4, 2016 Ronald Wolniewicz
Nov 2, 2016 Gen Agustsson
Nov 1, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Oct 31, 2016 marilyn karwoski
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Oct 24, 2016 Shawn Rodriguez
Oct 24, 2016 Fournier Fernande
Oct 24, 2016 Raphaël PONCE
Oct 20, 2016 Clifton McMillan Jr
Oct 19, 2016 OSVALDO TOMAS

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