Friday, May 09, 2008

WTF | Myanmar Military Regime Snubs Aid

I am angry. It is the sort of anger that comes from your own sense of helplessness in the face of injustice and stupidity. Why? I just read this:

The UN food agency on Friday suspended all aid flights into Myanmar over "unacceptable" restrictions by the junta, which has refused to allow foreign relief workers to help desperate cyclone survivors.

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Kaye said two aid flights had arrived in the country's main city of Yangon but that their cargo had not been unloaded. He did not specify what restrictions the government imposed.

The impasse came shortly after the junta, which has a long history of thumbing its nose at the international community, announced in the state-run press that it was "not ready" to allow foreign experts in.

"The international community can best help the victims by donating emergency provisions such as medical supplies, food clothes, electricity generators, and materials from emergency shelters with financial assistance," it said.

"Myanmar will wholeheartedly welcome such course of actions. The donors and the international community can be assured that Myanmar is doing its best."

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Critics of the regime have warned relief organisations that if they do not supervise the aid supplies handed over, they may be snatched by the generals and never reach the victims in Myanmar, one of the world's poorest nations.

Excuse me while I try to process this.

4 comments:

LK said...

It's so horrible. The only good I can think of is that maybe this disaster will destroy the government there.

Dark Orpheus said...

LK I'm a cynic though. If Katrina didn't manage to dislodge Bush, I doubt it could move the firmly entrenched military government.

Nymeth said...

Gah. It makes me angry too.

Dark Orpheus said...

Nymeth The news just gets worse. I wonder how anyone can be so blinded. So selfish.