Friday, May 9, 2008

Very sad and frustrating

Milatry junta: “Myanmar is not in a position to receive rescue and information teams from foreign countries at the moment,” the statement, from the Foreign Ministry, said.

An aid worker in Burma, Tim Costello, chief executive of World Vision Australia, warned of an epidemic of "apocalyptic proportions" if aid did not get through.

More disturbing images at Golden Colour Revolution.

Given the nature of the Burmese government, I think AVAAZ.org's plan to route funds via the monks may be the most effective and expedient. As they state "other forms of aid could be delayed, diverted or manipulated by the Burmese government--but the monks are the most trusted and reliable institution in the country. "

4 comments:

Edgar Alpo said...

Let me be the murst to say that if they don't get the dead taken care of ASAP they are going to have a serious epidemic on their hands. They probably will anyway without food and fresh water.

Akubi said...

@Edgar
I know. I've read reports about people drinking from the same water the corpses are floating in.

Since they've successfully managed to gain access to deliver supplies, Unicef is another organization worth donating to.

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has abruptly cancelled plans to fly to Rangoon over the weekend to persuade the ruling Myanmar junta to accept aid workers and supplies from the United States.
Samak said he had been informed that the Myanmar government was not ready to accept international aid workers into the country at this point, so there was no point in his flying to Rangoon as planned.


It is unbelievable how cruel their government is!

Akubi said...

“The cholera outbreak has begun,” said one medical worker. “People have nothing to drink so they drink water from the creeks and rivers. So that is how the outbreak began.


“These waterways are dirty because they are littered with bodies and animals. The survivors know the water is dirty, but they have no other choice and have had to drink the dirty water. That’s how they contracted cholera.

Akubi said...

The bodies come and go with the tides. They wash up onto the riverbanks or float grotesquely downstream, almost always face down. They are all but ignored by the living.
NYT is sounding like Eliot.