Is anyone concerned about the human disaster in Myanmar? 44 replies

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emonkies

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#1 10 years ago

3-4 days now and no one seems to have commented on this.

Myanmar (formerly Burma) had a cyclone rip through the Irrawady river delta and killed roughly 27,000 people and some estimates say up to 60,000 are missing. The death toll it is feared could easily top 100,000 as disease and hunger and dehydration sets in.

And the Myanmar military dictatorship will not allow foreign aid workers in. They have refused almost all UN visas. They have only allowed about a dozen relief flights. They want all the supplies dropped off at the airport and say their military will distribute it.

Even China, one of Myanmars staunch supporters and Allies, is calling for them to let in foreign aid. Myanmar has especially refused any US aid. The US is one of the countries most capable of moving the supplies around to the areas that need it with USN helicopters and from Marine helos on a nearby amphibious ship, which by the way has first rate hospital facilities.

France has called for UN action to intervene saying a 2005 UN mandate allows them to intercede in a country on behalf of its civilians.

A minor US official said the US was considering violating Myanmar air space and doing air drops without government consent. Defence Secretary Robert Gates quickly downplayed that view.

A search and rescue team from Qatar was turned away and a team of UN health and relief organizers cant get a Visa to go to Myanmar from Thailand. They haev a convoy of trucks with supplies ready and waiting but the government wont let them in.

I have a feeling they dont want to let anyone in because they will see signs of the massacres from the previous protests and fear they will lose control.

A country where the leadership puts its own welfare and standard of living above that of its citizens while its people are dying does not belong in power.

Because of the US governments fustercluck in Iraq the US cannot intercede but the UN should do something.

Something should be done if all it is is dropping them food and water and blankets and first aid packs.




Tas

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#2 10 years ago

I've been fallowing the story for a while and yes it does trouble me a great deal. It's safe to assume most of the "missing" are actually very much dead. With the government not allowing any aid in, the UN should simply move their troops in and distribute aid in the effected area's.

This however is probably too much to ask from the UN, and it sickens me to think of all those deaths, the wounded and the homeless which face even more death as sickness begins to well up from the corpse and garbage infester waters that failed to receed.




emonkies

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#3 10 years ago

As of right now the UN has halted all aid to Myanmar.

The Myanmar military this morning seized and confiscated all the relief supplies flown in so far. They dont appear to be trying to distribute anything

UN halts aid to Myanmar after junta seizes supplies - Yahoo! News

IMHO history will compare this to the ethnic cleansing in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.




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#4 10 years ago

In my opinion history will largely forget about this as it does about most mass killings.




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#5 10 years ago

I've been keeping up on this event for quite a while. The more time the junta wastes, the more people die. I cant beleive they wont distribute the donations. Isnt that some sort of violation of human rights? Then again, Myanmar has a poor record of that....




Tas

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#6 10 years ago

So many countries do..

No one is willing to upset their voters, their backers or their allies and do anything about these tragedies. There are thousands of people dying right now, all it would take is for people to do what is right, and the suffering in the world would be greatly diminished, evil people would get what's coming to them or at the very least, put out of business.

I realize now than my government and those of generally "civilized" countries are full of and run by spineless and selfish career politicians.. it'll slip my mind before tomorrow of course..

So much for civilization.. we keep our buildings clean, keep the roads in good condition, stuff ourselves full of wasteful unnutritional foods and surround ourselves with items we don't really *need*. After we watch the six o'clock news where people are shown starving and dying of treatable sicknesses we feel bad for half an hour before we go online and buy ourselves something shiny to cheer ourselves up.

to quote spongebob: "depression, i'm ready.."




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#7 10 years ago
Anlushac11;43362843-4 days now and no one seems to have commented on this.

I was going to make a thread the other day but got side tracked. I too am surprised this wasn't already being discussed! I have been keeping up on the situation and getting upset at how it's coming down thus far.

@Tas - It's the Myanmar govt. It's hard to blame the rest of the world for the Junta being heartless bastard dictators who won't allow outsiders to help in this tragic situation we are watching unfold before our very eyes. They won't let in foreign aid workers, they are confiscating/stealing the aid that has been flown in saying BS like "we aren't ready"...

Myanmar's military leaders seized aid shipments headed for cyclone survivors and told the top U.S. diplomat there Friday that they're not ready to let in American aid workers despite warnings the country is on the verge of a medical catastrophe.

It's horrible to witness this, but this is far from the first time we've seen similar things and, tragically, far from the last.

My heart goes out to those suffering and I do hope something happens very soon to alleviate the crisis they are living through.




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#8 10 years ago

I looked into Myanmars military just on the improbable decision to force aid in.

They are fairly well armed for a third world country. Most of the equipment is Chinese, Russian, or Ukranian.

As of 2000 Myanmar has a sophisticated Russian/Chinese air defense network with SAM's and AAA.

40+ Chinese F-7's (MiG-21) recently upgraded by Isreal with upgraded Isreali AAM's.

Numerous T-72 MBT's, Type 89 Chinese APC, and some BMP-1's.

So C-130's, C-17's, and UH-60's, and CH-53's are likely to meet resistance unless escorted.




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#9 10 years ago

Stuff need to be done there. 10k people dieing is too much




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#10 10 years ago
TasNo one is willing to upset their voters, their backers or their allies and do anything about these tragedies.

What more the world community can do in this situation? China and Myanmar's neighbouring countries can put some serious weight but that's it.

I realize now than my government and those of generally "civilized" countries are full of and run by spineless and selfish career politicians.. it'll slip my mind before tomorrow of course..

Nice how you generalize every single one of the politicians in your country and put them on the same box because of the actions of a few. This kind of attitude surely won't take us forward, I had higher expectations.

So much for civilization.. we keep our buildings clean, keep the roads in good condition, stuff ourselves full of wasteful unnutritional foods and surround ourselves with items we don't really *need*. After we watch the six o'clock news where people are shown starving and dying of treatable sicknesses we feel bad for half an hour before we go online and buy ourselves something shiny to cheer ourselves up.

Though we only live once here and even that's a pretty short period. In the end there's so little what an individual can do, you can't save the whole world.