Archive for the ‘Myanmar Cyclone’ Category

Myanmar’s Starving Children

May 18, 2008

What would you do if you had an isolationist neighbor who was starving his children simply because he did not want outside influences or interferences in his household? You would probably call the cops and they would probably break down his door, arrest him and take the children into protective custody.

Well, this is exactly what is going on except instead of the isolationist being your next door neighbor it’s a country who’s leader depends on an astrologer to advise him on national matters!
I have been posting on this situation from the start and it shocks me that all the international community has done is talk and what aid they have been able to send is being turned over to the Myanmar Junta who in turn have been selling it at the highest prices to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis and the international community does nothing! Right now thousands of children are starving. Currently it is estimated that one third of the dead in Myanmar are children ( video ).

When is the international community going to get off its ass and say dam to diplomacy and go in and help these starving human beings? I find it impossible to believe the degree of hair-splitting that is going on while hundreds even thousands are literally starving to death and a good part of them are children!
The international community should try skipping THEIR meals for the next couple of days and see what it feels like. You can read the latest report here: Starvation warning for Myanmar’s children

Possible related Post: http://burmaemergency.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/more-on-humanitarian-intervention-in-burma/

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Night of The Generals: Burmese Style

May 14, 2008

It would seem that General Than Shwe might have his hands busy as well as his eye’s! Did the generals astrologer lead him astray? Are those Naval fleets he sees in the ocean? Who is that behind your back general?

It might be there may be a change in the making! I don’t know for sure, I don’t have an astrologer like the general! Maybe some of your soldiers might be thinking of THEIR FAMILIES who are suffering in the Delta! Is that another general behind you General Than Shwe? Hmmm I wonder. Will the Burmese people finally get their wish?

If I were that astrologer I might be thinking about out-sourcing right about now! As for the general he might want to start reading The Irrawaddy rather than listening to his astrologer. But then again the general does not like to listen to people, foreigners even less!

Oh well, have a nice night general.

EXTRA: France to organize, distribute its own aid to Myanmar

May 12, 2008

Paris – France is to make its own aid action for the victims of cyclone Nargis, sending the warship Mistral loading with 1,500 tonnes of goods, it was reported Saturday. “We have decided to act without waiting any further,” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was quoted by the French daily Le Figaro.
The aid is to be directly distributed to the effected. .., either by the ship’s crew or by French aid organizations,” Kouchner said, adding that “delivering aid directly to (Myanmar’s military) junta doesn’t come into the question.”

Bravo for the French, hopefully the rest of the international community will follow suit!

The military junta has shamelessly controlled the voting that took place over the weekend in spite of the on-going tragedy. YENI AND MIN LWIN from The Irrawaddy reported massive cheating at the referendum polling stations.

Asia Times Online reported:

A unilateral – and potentially United Nations-approved – US military intervention in the name of humanitarianism could easily turn the tide against the impoverished country’s unpopular military leaders, and simultaneously rehabilitate the legacy of lame-duck US

And here is news from a friend somewhere near the border:

This may turn out to be even bigger than the casualties in Aceh in 2004. A cholera outbreak could result in more deaths than the cyclone. Regime change is needed. I hope it’s being given serious consideration. No-fly zone could be maintained by probably only 2 US fighter jets. If there’s any offensive action, just hit Than Shwe’s house in Nay Pyi Daw. That’ll be the end of it.

If there were a stronger military on the ground giving protection to aid teams, Burmese soldiers would defect en masse, I think. Burmese people have been dreaming of such thing happening for years. Critics of the US want to see them welcomed with flowers and tears of gratitude?  They certainly will this time. Pre-emptive strike? Yes, to pre-empt hundreds of thousands more deaths due to the rejectionist junta.

Is It Time to Invade Burma?

May 11, 2008

I saw this a few  minutes ago and knew I had to post a link to this news.  Time CNN has an article that discusses the possibility of there being an invasion to help the Myanmar people in their current plight!

I could not believe my eyes when I saw that. Of course now the question is will it happen?

Here is the link to the article:

“That’s why it’s time to consider a more serious option: invading Burma. Some observers, including former USAID director Andrew Natsios, have called on the U.S. to unilaterally begin air drops to the Burmese people regardless of what the junta says. The Bush Administration has so far rejected the idea — “I can’t imagine us going in without the permission of the Myanmar government,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday — but it’s not without precedent: as Natsios pointed out to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. has facilitated the delivery of humanitarian aid without the host government’s consent in places like Bosnia and Sudan.”

Bush to sign bill to honor Suu Kyi

May 10, 2008

Washington | May 09, 2008 12:01:13 AM IST

U.S. President George Bush will sign a bill awarding Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar the Congressional Gold Medal, first lady Laura Bush said Monday.

In the mean time what has happened to Aung San Suu Kyi? The last news I have of her was this:

Myanmar democracy leader lost roof in cyclone, says neighbor

By SUTIN WANNABOVORN
Thursday, May 8, 2008

I have not heard nor read nothing more. I truly hope that she is well and being cared for.

Here is a poignant, moving account of the current situation in Burma/Myanmar written by Ko Hmway which is being featured on many Burmese blogs. I felt I should put it here so as to give it more exposure since not all readers are familiar with the various Burmese/Myanmar Blogs. Comments can be left at Ko Hmway’s blog here: http://hmway.blogspot.com/

Hope is a floating corpse

Rotten dead bodies are floating under the sun, ears and hands of some dead bodies were cut off and still lying on the wet ground and no one is going to cerement or bury those. I wonder, their souls, weak and helpless in uncertainty, might be wondering in search of God.

At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of people with empty-stomachs are suffering from fever, diarrhea and various diseases and for those ill-fated fellow countrymen of mine, who once had human dignity, they have been reduced to the states of having no proper place to sleep, having no food to eat and having no hope to pray, but having just a roof called saddening sky hovers above them.

This is not the brilliant production of Hollywood producers. This is not the animal planet Cable TV channel. This is not actually good-to-be true reality TV show.
Indeed, this is really happening in my country.

Without warning, the victims have died helplessly in their sleep while some families were awake and were able to tie their hands together with a rope ensuring themselves that if we must die we will die together before killer typhoon swallowed and blew them away and left their dead bodies shamefully and inhumanely by the curse of demon.
tie their hands together with a rope ensuring themselves

Though international aid groups are humanely seeking to rescue, feed and cure those helpless victims, there has been no plausible progress and the victims have become new victims of another man-made disaster.

What is humane society? What is the meaning of civilized mankind? I doubt there is such things existing for the people of Burma. Burmese people have been ill-treated by military regimes since 1962 and are still suffering badly and will continue this painful reality unless the divine intervention emerges out vigorously for them to escape out from this madness.

Meanwhile, international aid groups have been banned and harassed viciously by Burmese military and members of USDA. In most places, the donations have been seized and taken forcefully by Military and USDA for their own selfish gains of enjoying a good meal using international aid packages.

Other Burmese are also trying to help victims. In Rangoon division, a group of donors have been forced to leave their donation at one local USDA office.
The ration of donations is 200, 00 kyat and a basket of rice for each victim family.
But USDA only distributed 150, 00 kyat and half basket of rice to the victims and the rest have been pocketed and for the USDA members and Army officers, this method is latest get-rich-quick scheme on top of the rotten innocent corpses.

Similar incidents are happening everywhere in Rangoon division, still there is no hopeful news from Irrawaddy region. While, SPDC is kicking out and turning down all well-equipped skillful aid workers and US Navy, they are still insisting that they will accept money, supplies and foods only.

On the other hand , the ugliest and shameless attempt by the military regime is that all relief packages arriving at Rangoon airport were stamped with the stickers stating: “ “The donation of lieutenant general Myint Swe””. What a shame? Cleary, I remember two particular movies from Hollywood called the planet of the apes and the Independence Day.

In the planet of apes, human are enslaved, tortured, humiliated by apes, in the case of Burmese people human are degraded, tortured, killed and neglected by hyenas and other human being around the world including leaders of the great countries and the leaders of United Nations. All those big powers in the world seem rather powerless in this case and is only able to comment, appeal and say sorry but nothing else and no action have been effectively taken by them for God sake.

On the other hand, in the Independence Day movie, mankind is being attacked and planet earth is badly invaded by alien assault-aircrafts.

In the end, led by veteran president of the United States himself defended for the mankind and the whole world followed his step and won other powerful aliens and the planet earth is saved.

Sadly, even the fate of the Burmese people is still worsening day after day and there is no one with the victory of cigar to save Burmese from this madness.

Ko Hmway

US threatens food aid drops on Burma

May 9, 2008

I went on my usual hunts across the net to gather information regarding the current humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Myanmar and came across this from the Australian News:

US threatens food aid drops on Burma

May 09, 2008
A US official has suggested the American military could drop unauthorised food aid over Burma, as the White House expressed outrage at the junta’s obstruction of international relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.
The food drop suggestion was quickly shot down by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, but four American Navy ships were nonetheless heading towards Burma and US helicopters and air force cargo planes loaded with supplies and personnel began arriving in Thailand.

“We are on the cusp of a second wave of tragedy . . . It’s a race against time,” Australia’s Tim Costello, chief executive of the charity World Vision, said from Rangoon. “The urgency is great. The level of suffering is enormous.” Aid was arriving “in a trickle but it needs to be a flood because lives are hanging in the balance”.
Here are some of the faces of that tragedy:

Village at the heart of Myanmar disaster

To see how shamelessly the junta is conducting itself you can go here: http://ko-htike.blogspot.com/

Myanmar wants cyclone aid but not foreign aid workers

YANGON – MYANMAR’S isolationist regime indicated Friday it wants international relief but not foreign aid workers following a cyclone that may have killed more than 100,000 people and left countless others without food, medicine and shelter.

For more first hand accounts go to: http://hannaingberwin.com/
There is a place where Burmese from around the world can leave information on this blog

I truly hope that all of this helps those poor people. I truly hope the Junta gets what it deserves!

The Human Tragedy of Myanmar

May 9, 2008

It goes beyond comprehension why the Myanmar Junta government has refused to permit the international community to render aid and assistance its people.
It has become quite obvious by now that the junta is exploiting the situation for all it can.
On Friday, Japan said it will give aid worth $10 million through the U.N. to Myanmar, adding to the massive amounts of aid that has been pledged by foreign governments.
Why I ask? The money is obviously going to go to the junta and the people will be lucky if they see one thin dime!
I checked the state-owned New Light of Myanmar newspaper and the last entry they have is Friday, May 2, 2008. ( http://www.myanmar.com/newspaper/nlm/ ) The cyclone struck on May 3, 2008.
To make matters worse there is a monster storm churning in the South China Sea and looks to be headed toward the coast of south China which could include Myanmar ( again ) as well as its neighbors. We can only watch and see.

And again I ask What of Aung San Suu Kyi? I fear for her safety in these dark times.

What of Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar? Aftermath of Cyclone Nargis

May 9, 2008

Update: May 27, 2008

Myanmar extends opposition leader’s detention

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military junta extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention by one year Tuesday, ignoring worldwide appeals to free the Nobel laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years. More…

Update: May 27, 2008

Rumours of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release spreads in Rangoon

Mizzima News Saturday, 24 May 2008 15:32
New Delhi – Rumours are doing the rounds in Rangoon that Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released today from house arrest.
Nyan Win, spokesperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, said, “We also heard that she [Aung San Suu Kyi] has been released, but we cannot confirm the information as yet.”

You can read more here.

I have it from an informed source that her house is currently surrounded by security and no one can get near it. NLD ( National League for Democracy ) was having a meeting this afternoon, and supposedly planned to march to her house. This may be the reason for the additional security. From what I have been told there has not been any verification of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release.

Update: May 11, 2008

Those who are interested in helping the people of Myanmar can go to:

FOUNDATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF BURMA

Update:May 19, 2008:

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s home damaged by cyclone


Mizzima News Wednesday, 07 May 2008 23:28
New Delhi – Portions of the roof of the house of Noble Peace Laureate and pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on University Avenue in Rangoon’s Bahan Township has been damaged by the killer cyclone that lashed Burma during the weekend.
A local resident, who keeps a close watch over the Burmese dissident leader’s home, told Mizzima over telephone that parts of the roof of Suu Kyi’s house were damaged and the gate leading to her house was hit by an uprooted tree.

“I saw parts of the roof broken and saw the uprooted tree hit the gate but the army has removed the tree,” the local, who wished not to be identified, said.

“I have also heard that the government is going to repair her [Aung San Suu Kyi] house,” he added.

Myanmar Burma Cyclone and Aung San Suu Kyii’s Biographer

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Since I have been keeping track of the Tibetan situation I have somewhat neglected what has been going on in Myanmar. I will try to make it up on this post.
The first thing that comes to mind right away is what of Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar? I read a report earlier that she has been seen in her home which is currently without electricity. The junta does not consider the area as a high priority so little if any help is reaching that sector. In fact the military junta is exploiting the situation and there are reports that they are selling food and water at largely inflated prices. A liter of water that cost $.30 before the cyclone now cost $4.00!
Below are a series of videos from YouTube showing the devastation that has taken place. Please note how clean the junta soldiers are when they are seen. Obviously they are not suffering along with the people!

Myanmar struggles after cyclone

May 07, 2008 (Less info) Food, water and fuel are scarce days after a cyclone devastated southern Myanmar. CNN’s Dan Rivers reports

Appeal for Cyclone Nargis Victims in Burma (Myanmar)

Cyclone aftermath in Myanmar – 05 May 2008

Cyclone Nargis left a trail of destruction as it moved inland from the Bay of Bengal. An Al Jazeera correspondent reports from inside Myanmar.

After Nargis Yangon, Myanmar Part 1

Death toll soars in Myanmar cyclone


The death toll continues to rise from the impact of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
Meanwhile survivors are struggling to find food and clean water as aid agencies await clearance from the government.

Due to security concerns we cannot name our correspondent reporting from inside Myanmar.