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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


May 28, 2016 Dennis Horvitz
May 26, 2016 Richard Bosboom
May 26, 2016 Elena Babkin
May 26, 2016 Virginia Kurtz
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May 25, 2016 Jackie Cudney
May 25, 2016 Tracy Knapp
May 25, 2016 Jason Wood
May 25, 2016 Cheryl Rigby
May 25, 2016 SUE GRIFFITHS
May 25, 2016 Charlene Sipe
May 25, 2016 james wrench
May 25, 2016 Diane Kelley Please keep Dr. Cynthia Muang's Mae Tao Clinic open. There are many displaced children and adults who desperately need the services of this clinic. Please do not turn your back on them. Please restore funding to this clinic.
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May 25, 2016 Monika Selluski
May 25, 2016 Kristina Pardue
May 25, 2016 Evelyn Leslie
May 25, 2016 Linda Wright
May 25, 2016 Betty Anthony
May 25, 2016 Patricia Abbas
May 25, 2016 Angela Kelly
May 25, 2016 Maritza Montero
May 25, 2016 Dorothy Mori
May 25, 2016 Al & Randee Locke
May 25, 2016 Janet Mueller-Alsup Please continue!!
May 25, 2016 Eva Sandhammar
May 25, 2016 Lynne Roberts The Mae Tao clinic provides essential services to those desperately in need. Please do not strip the funding from this critically needed clinic.
May 25, 2016 Julia Broad
May 25, 2016 maria sacco
May 25, 2016 Brian Reagan Thank you for your help!
May 25, 2016 Nora Groeneweg
May 25, 2016 Antoinette Soderholm
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May 25, 2016 Charles Pan
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May 23, 2016 Margaret Argyle
May 23, 2016 Karen Stout
May 23, 2016 joy leonard
May 22, 2016 Robert Stroud
May 20, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 20, 2016 Iona Kentwell
May 18, 2016 Silva Kruzic
May 18, 2016 Marsha McIntire
May 16, 2016 Christine Zimmerman
May 15, 2016 Talia Hoysted
May 15, 2016 Denise Cronin
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May 7, 2016 Dimitris Dallis

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