Oct 24, 2013

Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

With AusAID withdrawing its funding from a clinic serving Burmese refugees, where will they go now to get the treatment they need? PhD scholar at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Belinda Thompson reports.

They are the refugees Australia has forgotten. Displaced by years of bloody conflict, more than 100,000 Burmese are still living in Thai-Burmese border camps, as they have for decades, relying on help from outside. But that help is now drying up, with an AusAID decision to withdraw funding from a medical clinic that serves refugees.

Around 75% of the Burmese population worked in agriculture. When they fled the conflict, their land was confiscated, which meant losing their household registration inside Burma, a status that determines citizenship and access to basic services such as health and education. Even those who were displaced but remained within Burma lost their registration, and many now rely on services provided by NGOs across the border in Thailand.

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2 thoughts on “Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

  1. shepherdmarilyn

    We need the money to jail refugees here though.

  2. Jude Silber

    We seem to give aid for compliance with Australia’s wish’s, I think we cannot get anything from these people. Humane Rights are dead. Long live Humane Rights.

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