Burma Cyclone

Events: Moegyo team to host benefit in NYC this weekend by karenzr

The note below is from the team at Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation, a group of volunteers from around the world who are working to bring relief to cyclone victims in Burma.


Dear All,

Please come and support us to raise fund for the victims of cyclone in
Myanmar (Burma).

We will have different kind of authentic Burmese food, Cold and Hot
drinks, Gift Items, and T-shirts at the event.  

Date: June 28, 2008 (Saturday)

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Location: PS-150,  40-01  43rd Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104

Thank you.

The Moegyo Team

“Joining hands to save people life in Myanmar (Burma)”
Together, we can make a difference!

— Karen


Latest News: Vollies funnel aid through Thai Border:Christian Science Monitor by karenzr

Simon Montlake reports in the Christian Science Monitor that grassroots groups are funneling aid through the volative Thai-Burma border region.

An excerpt:

<<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. >>


Opinion/Editorial: Politics ‘killing uncounted numbers’ in Burma:Washington Post by karenzr

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. >>

Latest News: Villagers desperate for food, threatened by junta: LA Times, The Irrawaddy by karenzr

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


Latest News: Some Myanmar aid reportedly stolen by karenzr

This just in, from the unnamed New York Times writer in Yangon: Some Myanmar aid reportedly stolen

The lede:

<The directors of several relief organizations in Myanmar said Wednesday that some of the international aid arriving into the country for the victims of Cyclone Nargis was being stolen, diverted or warehoused by the country’s military.>

Latest News: Monsoon season adds to misery in Burma by karenzr

The torrential rains of the monsoon season have begun to pelt Burma, complicating aid efforts and compounding human misery.

From today’s Washington Post:
Foul Weather Adds to Burma Misery; 2 U.S. Planes Deliver Much-Needed Supplies, but Additional Flights Have Not Been Approved

The lede:

BANGKOK, May 13 — As yet more drenching rain battered survivors of Burma’s deadly cyclone, foreign relief supplies continued to arrive Tuesday at a pace aid workers said was still far too slow to help most of the suffering.

Latest News: US increases its aid from $3 million to $16.25 million by lamivo
May 14, 2008, 4:47 am
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From AFP:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House said Monday it was extending an extra 13 million dollars in aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar as the first US flight of emergency supplies landed in the country.

“We are prepared to provide an additional 13 million dollars in food and logistical assistance to the United Nations World Food Program for the relief operations in Burma,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Read the entire article here.

– Lam