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UN DEMONSTRATION: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON MAY 17 CALLING FOR CRITICAL RESPONSE TO BURMA'S HUMANITARIAN DISASTER
When: Saturday, May 17, 12pm
Where: Ralph Bunche Park, United Nations, 43rd St and 1st Ave
Who: NY Burma activists -- NY Burma Roundtable, US Campaign for Burma, Burma 88 Coalition
Contact: Farheen Malik, email@example.com
Join New York Burma activists and many others in cities around the world as we urge world governments and the United Nations to take action now and save countless lives at this crucial time for people affected by Cyclone Nargis. Despite the devastation and deaths wrought by the cyclone in the immediate aftermath of its landfall, the humanitarian tragedy playing out in Burma may only be beginning. Burma's military regime has blocked the international aid effort to such an extent that 1.5 million people are at risk of dying from starvation, dehydration and communicable diseases. The scale of the desolation is incomprehensibly huge: thousands of homes have been destroyed, Burma's rice-growing heartland has been rendered fallow due to flooding, and tens of thousands are already dead. Burma's rulers have turned a wholly humanitarian concern into a political issue, neglecting the very real needs of their citizens to meet their own political ends. The international community must step up and take decisive action to save millions of lives that are currently hanging in the balance, with or without the consent of the Burmese military regime. As a concerned New York resident, please partake in this step this Saturday, May 17 at the United Nations. The clock is ticking. Over a million lives are at stake. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY NEEDS TO ACT - NOW.
Please visit the New York Burma Roundtable website for even more information on ways to help: http://nyburmaroundtable.googlepages.com/.
(Details of the times and locations of all Global Day of Action events around the world can be found at http://www.burma-network.org as soon as they become available.)