Burma Cyclone

Interview: Burmese expert, Maureen Aung-Thwin, at Open Society Institute comments on military junta’s response to disaster by carpediemdg

In the most recent radio broadcast of “Uptown Radio” – Columbia Journalism School‘s radio program , host Annie Lok and reporter Michelle Stockman interviewed Maureen Aung-Thwin, a Burmese expert at Open Society Institute.

Aung-Thwin commented, among other things, on the military junta’s paranoia of letting in foreign aid workers who might be posing as journalists to expose the state of affairs inside.

Below is the introduction to the broadcast.

Intro: In the aftermath of a cyclone that killed tens of thousands of lives in Myanmar, the military government is still refusing to let foreign aid workers in to help. Host Annie Lok spoke with Maureen Aung-Thwin, the director of the Burma Project at the Open Society about the government’s isolationism.

Listen to the full interview here.



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Project HOPE, an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization, is working hard to gather medical supplies for the people of Myanmar devastated by Cyclone Nargis. We will work with other relief-based non-governmental organizations to deliver the aid gathered. Please include our information and Web address on your wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.

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