The victims of the cyclone Nargis in the delta region, Lower Burma are facing problems of lack of food, water, shelter and clothing. They do not receive aid materials sufficiently. Neither do they get treatment for cyclone-borne injury. Also they are suffering from disease relevant to contaminated water resulted from delaying of removing and destruction of the human corpses and dead animals. Although it is desperately needed to save the people, to cleanse the water by removing dead bodies – or it may effect harmfully the environment – to distribute relief materials from both national and international communities to the victims, the Junta is deliberately disturbing local aid volunteers and blocking international relieve experts.

Not only that Burmese Junta is trying to delay the process of receiving international aid and aid workers, but also that China is opposing in the UN Security Council Meeting against the plan to invade Burma to distribute necessary aid to victims effectively. Whereas, China received international aid for their victims of recent earthquake that shook in Sichuan Province, central China, only one week after the cyclone Nargis. We are wondering why China is trying to hamper the world’s humanitarian effort towards Burmese people who are under horrendous catastrophic disaster. Why are they supporting inhuman military Government without any regard, any sympathy and any empathy to the Burmese people? What is benefit to them for such evil doing? It is humiliation to our people. Also I think it is a criminal. Yet they are not shy in the face of international community.

Now we have learnt that relief teams from the UN, US, Britain and France are standing by in the Thailand water that shares border with Burmese territorial water. They are waiting for permission to enter Burmese water. In such a situation of catastrophic disaster, does it necessary to get permission from such useless and illegal Government, the Junta? I think saving peoples’ life is more important than the Junta’s approval.

Is the UN a nominal organization without practical work? Is it not a trusty-worthy and dependable organization for all people of the world? In stead of being an organization to observe justice among member countries and to assist necessarily with humanitarian aid to all people of the world, it is now just hesitating and wavering to walk along the right way. The UN and international community are negotiating with Burmese authority – just time consuming – to save the people while the death toll increasing day by day due to lack adequate aid materials. Useless organization!

Objection by China in the UN Security Council Meeting against such a humanitarian relief effort is shameful. Its donation to Burma is just a couple of million US$ worth; a paltry sum; at near base in the donation graph. Why do they want to interfere into other country’s internal affair which does not concern with politics? All of our people except the malignant Junta and its colleagues want invasion of the US, the UN and international community into the country to save victims.

They always use the word “internal affair” over Burmese issue. This is just a pure internal and humanitarian affair. Why did they object the international relief efforts for Burmese catastrophe while accepting donation from abroad for their earthquake disaster? Ridiculous! Two situations are completely contrary. This is Chinese policy revealing low morality, low attitude of it. We accuse the Chinese Government of killing our people together with Burmese slaughter Generals. The Chinese Government also must pay back later for it a lot like Than Shwe and his followers. Who can say there will not be a overwhelm boycott of the world to their 2008 Olympic? This will be under nature’s process. Bad deed begets misery and ruins.

Now, it was more than two weeks away that the cyclone Nargis hit the Delta region. Since then, a considerable amount of relief aid from abroad could not arrive at the hands of the victims. Victim’s situation is deteriorating; more and more people will die under insignificant change of international relief policy. Death toll will, according to the UN and other organizations’ prediction, swell over 220,000 – more than that of Bangladesh cyclone that hit in 1991 losing just over 138,000 lives – and it is the worst devastating situation in Burmese history.

We, Burmese people, ask international community for urgent relief efforts including relief experts and workers to enter Burma so that they can distribute necessary aids effectively and save our people from extremely dangerous situation resulting from a lack of food, clean water, proper treatment, medicine, shelter and clothing. Otherwise, great tragedy will happen in this civilized world because of irrational beings, the Burmese Junta.

Shwe Sea Sar (Yangon)


"The downpour is ours"

The first cut of the monetary donations go to the military junta and the Army members received the second cut. The third cut is for cronies of the junta. How much do you think the survivors of the Nargis Cyclone get? The cartoon shows the donation which is meant for them has been robbed by the junta and its followers.


The paranoid military regime in Burma is going too far and degrade itself again by revealing its true nature. This time the military thieves irresponsibly ignore the survivors of Nargis Cyclone and shamelessly collecting ballots from people in the light of people mourning for victims of the castastrophe. To make it worst, in some locations the axe handles (cronies of the regime such as Kyantphut and Sunareshin members) are using force to obtain "Yes" vote to the ridiculous constitution drawn by the regime. They even beat and threaten the people who are reluctantly giving votes to them in the time of mourning for the death of thousands of people whose lives were taken away by the recent cyclone. The authorities also robbed the relief aids that was given by foreign organizations. They hoard the relief goods in the warehouses of military units and later distributed to Army members. Quality and nutritous food go to Tamadaw members and for the survivors of cyclone the authorities provide unqualified local food. manufactured by the government factories, to the survivors who are mostly farmers by profession. These farmers are paddy growers of the delta and the rice have to be handed over to the government depots after the harvest. Then the junta exports to foreign countries in order to get hard money. Finally, all the profits went into the pockets of top brass. As a gesture of gratitude to the farmers the junta is refusing most external aids that is meant for the survivors. The junta also ban journalists and relief aid workers to go to the cyclon-affected areas. It is ridiculous that donors inside as well as outside have to plead the regime in order that their relief goods go through. Worst of all, the UN is calling for an emergency meeting to make convince the mily. government for accepting the aids that are flowing in from many countries. The regime does not care about the people. What they care is only for their own interests and to stay long in power. They are regarding their own people as enemies because people have demanded freedom and human rights in last September. The regime responded them with bullets and many people, including students and monks were crushed down in the Saffron Movement. With the firm backing of Chinese government, the military regime is running amok and creating chaos and killing fields in the midst of pleading by the UN and international community. All the leaders of resistance movements are now in the prison and the opposition leader is under house arrest. What can people do now? They would not risk their lives as they believe nothing will be changed. As China becomes one of her important economic allies, the United States can only pay lip services in supporting Burmese people who are in distress. Also what can the UN do? Nothing more than passing a resolution (like previous years) that cannot remove the regime that gives trouble not only to its own country but also to the regions. The military junta will never pay attention to the UN or international community. Unless Burmese people cannot remove the military junta by themselves (as nobody from outside is going to help effectively) let the devil continue ruling the country until the entire nation faces the utter destruction.

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First, through a concerted, non-violent protest by all citizens of the country at home and international fora. If it is responded by repression and harsher measures, then, through an armed revolution. Such moves are sure to be supported by all democratic and peace loving countries of the world. (modest)

(The question for above answer was asked by Min Myo Naing using another name in June of 2006.)


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An exiled journalist from Burma, I have taken refuge in the United States with my family thanks to CPJ in New York, UNHCR (Cambodia) and the States Department. I was detained for one and a half year in 1969 for burning effigy of the late dictator Ne Win in the Rangoon University campus during SEA Games Strike. I was also actively participated in 8888 nationwide uprising by taking charge in publishing The Guardian Daily as independent newspaper for 22 days before I resigned from the newspaper as Assistant Editor in September,1988. Fortunately, I was escaped from arresting by the military regime. In 1990, I left for Bangkok where I had an assignment to translate the "Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy". The book was originally written by Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist. I fled my country in December 2005 after my life was threatened by the military intelligence service for involving in political movements and had given assistance to foreign journalists who came to Burma. I am still active with the movement for restoring democracy in Burma.