Thursday, May 15, 2008

Act Now! Urge Congress to Push for Humanitarian Intervention

The US Must Ensure Aid Delivery

Today! Call Your Representative to Demand President Bush Act

Dear Friends,

Our emails over the past few days have increasingly stressed the extreme humanitarian crisis that faces millions of Burmese right now.  The crisis is urgent and dire, and the waiting can no longer continue without costing lives. If we wait for the approval of the Burmese regime we will have to start shipping in coffins instead of food supplies.

Congressional leaders, Rep. Peter King (R) and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D), are organizing a letter to President Bush urging him to "work with the British, French, German, Danish and other supportive and regional governments to immediately intervene in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma to provide urgent life-saving humanitarian aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis."

Call your member of the U.S. House of Representative today and urge them to sign this letter to President Bush. It is really easy to do, instructions are below. Calling is the MOST effective way to get your Representative on your side quickly (call today - deadline is close of business today).

Call-in information:

1)Go to to find your Representative and contact information. Find the number for the DC office

2)Ask to speak to the person who handles Foreign Affairs

3)Ask the staffer to have your Representative sign onto the King-Crowley letter to President Bush - "Help the Burmese People Now".

4) Explain the urgency of the situation in Burma

5) Tell them why you care

6) Tell them in order to sign on to the letter they need to contact Adam Paulson in Rep. Peter King's (if Republican) or Greg Sheiowitz in Rep. Crowley's (if Democrat) office by the end of the day Thursday May 15th

An Overview of the Situation: It is now 11 days since the cyclone hit and nations are still talking and waiting for the Burmese regime to allow aid into the country and reach the most vulnerable population.  While the waiting happens, 220,000 people are still missing and aid agencies report that 1.5 to 2 million people are likely to die from disease and starvation if aid does not get in immediately.

The Burmese regime is cutting of the Irrawaddy Delta and not allowing aid agencies to distribute supplies. It is extremely troubling that, according to a World Food Program spokesperson, the trickle of international aid allowed to enter the country and reach the most vulnerable population amounts to less than 20% of the aid needed to stave off death from starvation and disease for more than 1.5 million people.

Reliable reports also confirm regime officials have been both selling international aid supplies in local markets and keeping the high-quality international food aid for themselves while dolling out low quality and, in certain cases, rotten food to survivors of the cyclone. International aid agencies operating in Burma warn that only 10% of the logistical staff needed to cope with the millions struggling to survive had arrived in the country 10 days after Cyclone Nargis struck

Food, shelter, water, and aid workers to help distribute aid are not getting in. The time for waiting is over.

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