Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Media | Tags: ban ki-moon, International Response, Media, news, united nations
<<Analysts say these passions and emerging trends may in the longer term loosen the junta’s grip on power. But for now it’s business as usual: dissidents are arrested, a brutal campaign against ethnic minorities rages on and the military strides toward elections guaranteed to perpetuate its control.>>
Also states that the influx of foreigners post-Nargis ‘may be the most intense interaction Myanmar has experienced with the outside world since gaining independence from Great Britain in 1948.”
Also, from Agence France Presse: UN chief says will press Myanmar on democracy.
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: aid, christian science monitor, relief, thai-burma border, thailand
Simon Montlake reports in the Christian Science Monitor that grassroots groups are funneling aid through the volative Thai-Burma border region.
<<Aid is also trickling over the Thai-Burmese border, a hotbed of activism against Burma’s regime. It’s a backdoor channel for aid groups unwilling or unable to go through the front. By tapping an existing underground network in Burma, they try to bypass official channels and put aid directly in the hands of the most needy. >>
Filed under: From the Field, Media | Tags: first person, From the Field, l.a. times, los angeles times, Media, reporters, undercover
The Los Angeles Times has published a first-person account by one its reporters who traveled secretly and extensively throughout the Delta region.
<<Over the last 16 years, I have reported on famine, massive earthquakes and a tsunami. Cyclone Nargis is the first natural disaster that required working undercover to write about the hungry, sick and homeless.>>
From the AP:
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A state-controlled newspaper said Wednesday that Myanmar’s military rulers were breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a sixth straight year.
The junta’s recent decision to extend Suu Kyi’s detention by one year sparked international outrage, with the Nobel Peace laureate’s party and foreign defense lawyers arguing the junta could legally only hold her for five years.
Read more here
Filed under: From the Field, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: irrawaddy delta, junta, new york times, reporter
The latest New York Times story says that a visit to some of the Irrawaddy Delta villages hardest hit by the cyclone suggests ”that the story of the death and destruction, compounded by the junta’s actions, has been neither fully told nor even fully seen.” Their reporter inside Myanmar is still anonymous.
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: aid, editorial, generals, junta, politics, relief, washington post
A Washington Post editorial slams the junta for their ‘obscene’ indifference to human life in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. An excerpt:
<< It is politics — the generals’ politics — that is killing uncounted numbers of children in Burma’s delta. It is the generals’ politics to rebuff emergency relief while demanding reconstruction loans that could make the junta richer. And it is the generals’ politics that is forcing villagers to strain the mud for rotten rice while tons of clean food float unused not many miles away. >>
Filed under: From the Field, International Response, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: aid, International Response, Irrawaddy, los angeles times, rotten rice
A graphic description from the Los Angeles Times of villagers searching for rice among corpses: Myanmar Villagers Scavenge for Rotten Rice
Charges that the junta is threatening villagers before visits by aid groups, from Irrawaddy: Cyclone Survivors Don’t Want UN Chief to Visit Delta
Filed under: From the Field, International Response, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: farmers, internation, mizzima, new york times, Photos
The Burmese news site Mizzima has posted new photos of from the Irrawaddy region.
Also, the latest from the NY Times: Weeks After Cyclone in Myanmar, Even Farmers Wait For Food.
Filed under: From the Field, Latest News, Media, Photos, Uncategorized | Tags: james whitlow delano, the digital journalist
I have so far refrained from posting graphic photography/imagery of the Burma cyclone victims on this blog…until I came across this.
In the Eye of the Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone: A Firsthand Account (May 2008 ) by James Whitlow Delano
In a hard-hitting piece that appeared in the latest edition of “The Digital Journalist,” Delano provides a written first-hand account of what he saw in Burma as cyclone Nargis unleashed its fury. Mid-way through the account there is a powerful description of the extent and force of the disaster when he writes:
“A street sign 6 feet wide (2 m) and 3 feet high (1 m) shuttered suddenly and then a gust sent it frantically flying into infinity, never to be seen again. It simply disappeared.”
Delano’s intrepid reporting may have cost him a future ticket to Burma, as he admits himself in the postscript.
[AUTHOR'S POSTSCRIPT: "I may not be able to return after this series is seen because it poses some tough questions about the true nature of a government that already had a reputation for brutality. Now, you see neglect. If that is the price for reporting this – so be it. I would wear the honor of being on their blacklist with honor (though I would be happy too if I could return again)."]
Below is an image from the feature gallery that accompanies Delano’s article.
(Note: Viewer discretion advised. Graphic images may be disturbing to some viewers).
Filed under: From the Field, Latest News, Media, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: alertnet, begging, cyclone, Irrawaddy, lede, news, reuters
<<Torrential tropical downpours lashed Myanmar’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta on Friday as thousands of destitute victims took to roadsides to beg for help to supplement the meagre trickle of aid flowing in.>>