No Aid to Generals' Pockets
The people of Burma need your help again. Thanks to you, 43 Representatives sent a letter to President Bush on Friday urging him to consider humanitarian intervention to get aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma before more lives are lost because of the callousness of Burma's military regime.
The current situation:
The Burmese Regime's Prime Minister Thien Sein said this week: "We have already finished our first phase of emergency relief. We are going on to the second phase, the rebuilding stage". This is beyond horrifying considering the UN and aid agencies inside Burma have all stated that 75% of the cyclone victims, more than 2 million people, have yet to receive ANY emergency aid. The emergency relief 'phase' is not over. More than 2 million people are in desperate need of food, clean water, shelter and medical care. If they do not receive emergency aid in the immediate future they are at severe risk of death from starvation and disease.
The Burmese junta continues to not only neglect, but brutally restrict aid from getting to those in need. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is going to Burma himself on Thursday, but the regime will try its usual tricks to make it seem that all is normal.
While the regime sits on more than $4 billion in foreign exchange reserves and earns more than $150 million a month in natural gas sales, they have pledged only $4.4 million to relief efforts. The regime is hoping to turn the international community's compassion and generosity for the survivors of Cyclone and regime's cruelty into their newest cash cow.
Global Food Crisis creates Emergency Food Crisis for those fleeing attacks by the Burmese military