Burma Cyclone

AP: Myanmar politics roiled, but junta grip firm by karenzr

Interesting piece from the Associated Press on the political fallout from the Saffron Revolution and then the cyclone. Here’s an excerpt: 

<<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.



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: Burmese exiles call for military intervention by karenzr

Here’s a new petition calling for military intervention in Burma. Please note: this is not an endorsement, just an FYI.


First graf:

<<We , with the fellow Burmese people in and outside Burma , and the people of the world, have been caught in ultimate griefs and anxieties for the unprecedented plight of the victims of cyclonic storm Nargis , which has compelled us to submit this petition as we are getting through these agonizing weeks of despair and powerlessness since we all learned that this natural disaster has turned into a man-made one because xenophobic Burmese military junta is unnecessarily restricting international aids and rescue operations . >>

Donations: International Organization for Migration appeals for aid funds by carpediemdg

The International Organization for Migration has assembled a team of relief experts and has appealed to the international community to cough up US $ 8 million for cyclone response. They have provided a breakdown of where the financing gaps are and how much impact the funds can have here. Those in the U.S. can donate on the same page and internationally you can donate here.

For more information please contact:

Chris Lom
IOM’s Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand
E-mail: clom@iom.int


Interview: World Food Programme spokesperson flags immediate aid needs in Burma by lamivo

The World Food Programme‘s main spokeswoman, Bettina Luescher, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about immediate needs in Myanmar. Also highlighted in the second half of the video is the impact of the global hike in food prices and how it is adding to the problems of delivering international aid in Burma.

View the full video here.

– Lam

Latest News: UK tops interntional aid contributions at US $ 10 million by carpediemdg

According to a Burmese online news magazine, The Irrawaddy, foreign governments have collectively pledged more than US $ 30 million for the Burma cyclone response effort. UK tops the list, assuming monetary responsibility for one- third of the amount by pledging US $10 million.

The next pledge amount is a tie between the U.S. and the European Union at US $ 3 million. Surprisingly, Japan is way down on the list with a pledge amount of US $267,570. Of Burma’s two big neighbors – China and India – the former pledged US $500,000 in cash, plus supplies such as tents, blankets and food and India sent two naval ships containing food, tents, blankets, clothing and medicine sent to Rangoon. Two aircraft carriers with supplies are to leave for Burma on Wednesday.

See full list here.

— Divya

International Response: US Govt. pledges $ 3.25 million in emergency assistance for Burma by carpediemdg
May 7, 2008, 9:08 pm
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USAID Partners with American Red Cross to Help the Burmese People

USAID Press Release

May 7, 2008
Press Office: 202-712-4320
Public Information: 202-712-4810

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide $1 million of the initial $3.25 million in emergency assistance for Burma through the American Red Cross. This assistance will help provide for ongoing community assessments, mobilization and distribution of relief supplies from pre-positioned Red Cross stockpiles, follow-up monitoring and coordination, and the local procurement, transport, and emergency storage of temporary shelter materials.

Read full press release here

— Divya