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US Govt. Persecutes Akha American Family for Their Human Rights Activism

US Govt. imposes significant harm on activist family for documenting the brutal extra judicial murders in northern Thailand of Akha Hilltribe Peoples.

US Rep. Darlene Hooley has done little to help solve this case.
Akha American Family in Exile South East Asia
Akha American Family in Exile South East Asia
In April of 2004 the US Govt. pressured the Thai government to deport an American Akha activist from Thailand. Matthew McDaniel had complained of US Drug War policy that led to the brutal extra-judicial murders of many Akha people by Thai Security Forces. The US DEA called the drug war a "success".

US Embassy officials knew that he was being seperated from his small children and Akha wife who lived in a remote Akha village in Thailand. His wife was pregnant at the time and had to take care to the new baby on her own. Most of his possesions were either sold or looted. Matthew McDaniel lived in Thailand helping the Akha for more than 13 years.
Chief players in the deportation and aftermath were Eric S. Rubin, the US Consul in Chiangmai, John F. Aloia, Emily Fisher and Ambassador Daryl Johnson.

"Emily Fisher lied to me and my wife and children in Bangkok at the US Embassy. She came to the Jail. She said the US Embassy 'had no idea of the deportation'. She said I was being repatriated to the USA as quickly as possible, but on arrival, we noticed that she had conceived a plot to separate me from my children. It did not work, luckily, but she did her best to ruin a happy and successful family. The embassy hurt us, and did nothing to help us. Emily Fisher is an evil and vicious person. US Immigration is used to punish people who oppose US Policy that hurts the lives of people in other countries. So we get no visa for my wife, even though we have legal right to it."

Application for a visa for his wife was delayed without explanation for more than seven months and then denied, saying that they weren't "married" even though they had witness statements and have numerous children together.

As a result of the family strain, in July, 2005 he left the US and his wife and family left Thailand, meeting up after more than one year seperation and traveling in exile outside both of their home countries.

Without a visa, the family can not return to the US or to Thailand. The children are forced to be seperated from their relatives on both sides of the family or would have to live without one or the other of their parents. The youngest son is now one year old. They travel from place to place, doing their best to continue to assist the traditional Akha people.


If you have ANY information regarding this case, or the people from the US Embassy and Consul named above, please send it to  akhalife@gmail.com

homepage: homepage: http://www.akha.org

Salem, Oregon Family 20.Nov.2005 21:02

Matthew McDaniel akhalife@gmail.com

Our family is from Salem, Oregon. We have now been waiting for a visa for a year and a half. Our four children hold US Passports, my wife holds a Thai passport. We have applied for a visa for her a second time. We have no idea if we will ever get a visa.

We survive off of donations while continuing to help the Akha people here in South East Asia.

You may make a donation to help us at  https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=akha%40akha.org&item_name=Donation or at Wells Fargo Bank, The Akha Heritage Foundation.
Our Akha Friends
Our Akha Friends

Photos of Akha 20.Nov.2005 21:16

Matthew McDaniel akhalife@gmail.com

Here of photos of some of the Akha people we work with in S.E.Asia. Their traditional dress is intricate and colorful.

Head dresses
Head dresses
....and jacket
....and jacket
Rear of head dress
Rear of head dress

Well, THIS will upset POTUS 21.Nov.2005 09:02

AE Neuman

Our Chimpanzee in chief gets upset whenever he hears about folks being persecuted for their beliefs, and for expressing their opinions

American Missionaries would destroy unique Akha culture 22.Nov.2005 03:23

Matthew McDaniel akhalife@gmail.com

Few people know who the Akha are despite the fact that there are more than 500,000 Akha people.

The US missionaries would destroy the culture of these people. OMF and others, check it out at  http://www.akha.org or do a google search on missionaries on the site with the google search tool.

That should give you some idea.

The Akha are a gentle good hearted people, we have been working with them 15 years and have watched while US missions have ransacked their communities and taken away thousands of their children. The US Embassy in Thailand and the Consul in Chiangmai are fully behind these mission practices.

You can write them and ask them, they will not reply.

An Akha woman from Laos around Maung Luang area.
An Akha woman from Laos around Maung Luang area.
An old Akha woman in northern Laos working seeds into a powder for cooking
An old Akha woman in northern Laos working seeds into a powder for cooking