No More Waiting For Permission
We are writing with an emergency appeal. It is now clear that China and its allies at the United Nations will block the UN Security Council from authorizing aid to Burma over the objections of the military regime.
Please send a message now to the UK, French, and US governments to send aid in now, even without approval of the Burmese junta.
The world sat by, hiding behind diplomatic and legal protocols, when 800,000 were slaughtered in Rwanda. Now, millions are at risk in Burma and the world is similarly paralyzed. There are estimates that 1.5 million Burmese are on the brink of a "massive public health catastrophe." The world knew what was happening in Rwanda and did nothing, and the world is aware of what could happen in Burma. This is a regime that has already destroyed 3200 ethnic minority villages, recruited more child soldiers than any other country, and now is blocking aid to millions of people.
News reports indicate that at a meeting in Rangoon yesterday a Burmese cabinet minister told aid agenices that foreign aid workers are prohibited from entering the disaster zones and that all aid must be delivered through the government. This comes with reports that local Burmese officials are stealing supplies, and that only 30% of aid is reaching people.
P.S We have set up a section of our webpage dedicated to the cyclone so you can get all the latest news. Also, we are still accepting donations for cyclone victims.