Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tell China: Time for Intervention -- Send Aid to Burma NOW

Tell China: Time for Intervention - Send Aid to Burma NOW

**Please spread this message as far and wide as you possibly can.**

Dear friends and supporters,

We are asking for your urgent help, again.  We need to send a strong message to China.  We are running out of time before a massive wave of disease rushes over the surivors of the Burma cyclone.

We are in a very unusual situation -- the world is trying to rush aid to the Burmese people hit by the Cyclone but the regime is refusing all support, leaving hundreds of thousands in imminent danger of disease and death.

We are hearing repeated, urgent cries from inside Burma pleading with caring countries to ignore Burma's military regime and send immediate aid to the Burmese people.  Burmese Buddhist monks, student leaders, and others, yesterday issued a public appeal  for countries to stop waiting for permission from the Burmese military regime and immediately dispatch relief.

The United Nations Security Council has the power to authorize the provision of aid even if the Burmese regime resists -- this would permit countries to deliver aid directly to the Burmese people.  Tragically, China is blocking this effort at the UN.

Will you help us by sending an urgent email to China's Ambassador to the UN?  It is unconcsionable that China would continue to block desperately needed humanitarian assistance.

Please email China's UN ambassador NOW!  Or, read more details below.

Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, Thelma Young

More Information
The situation in Burma is extremly grave.  Eight days after the Cyclone struck Burma and up to 100,000 have been killed, Burma's military regime is still refusing adequate international aid.  Dr. Chris Beyrer, an reknown doctor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, yesterday said that tens of thousands of more people are at immediate risk of death from hunger, lack of adequate water, and disease.  A great deal of aid is literally sitting at the airport in Rangoon, because the military regime won't allow the U.N. and others to distribute the aid.
The United States and the rest of the world have essentially offered a Tsunami-style response to the Cyclone, yet the regime -- and their ally at the UN Security Council, China -- is blocking the aid.  The United States has several C-130 transports planes ready to deliver aid inside Burma, and is also ready with assistance from 23 helicopters -- all this is being refused, with the exception of one single C-130 transport aircraft.  We believe the regime approved this single flight in order to give the appearance of accepting aid when the vast majority is still being refused.
The world can not wait any longer for permission from Burma's military leader Than Shwe -- this is a man that has already recruited up to 70,000 child soldiers, destroyed 3,200 ethnic minority villages, and tortured to death many, many human rights activists.  

We ask you to email the Chinese UN Ambassador, because under this extraordinary circumstance, while we do support countries entering Burma to provide aid without the approval of Burmese regime approval or UN approval - UN approval would still be the best way .  It is especially imperative that aid reach the Irrawaddy Delta region -- helicopters, ships, and all other manner of supplies should be dispatched immediately to help the Burmese people.  

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