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Swedish report by Euro Reporter
Euro Reporter heads to Sweden…
Two teams of foreign aid workers dedicated to delivering emergency telecoms in disaster areas have been forced to leave cyclone-hit Burma.
The members of Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) left the country after attempts to reach affected areas were blocked. The charity, which described the situation as “unprecedented”, said it had no other choice but to leave. TSF finally reached Burma on 1 June after waiting nearly a month to be granted visas to enter the country.
The worst cyclone that has hit Burma is the dictatorship and the dead are countless!
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has accused Burma of causing the loss of tens of thousands of lives by hindering international cyclone relief efforts.
Mr. Gates said the United States had had ships and aircraft ready to help after Cyclone Nargis hit a month ago. Unlike Indonesia and Bangladesh after major natural disasters, Burma had denied entry to the country, he said.
An estimated 2.4m people remain homeless and hungry following the cyclone, which struck on 2 May. “Many other countries besides the United States also have felt hindered in their efforts,” said Mr. Gates, speaking at a security conference in Singapore. “Despite these obstructions, we continue to get help into Burma, and remain poised to provide more,” he added.
Burma and Myanmar’s dictators have proved in practice that democracy ….saves lives!!!
A senior UN official has said that any coercion of Burmese cyclone victims to return home is completely unacceptable.
Terje Skavdal’s remarks follow reports that Burma’s military government had begun to evict homeless families from some government-run emergency camps. It has given them bamboo poles and tarpaulins and told them to go and rebuild their lives, say reports.
An estimated 2.4m people remain homeless and hungry following Cyclone Nargis, which struck on 2 May. Mr. Skavdal, head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said he could not confirm the camp closures but pointed out that the agency did not endorse premature return to areas with no services.
“People need to be assisted in the settlements and satisfactory conditions need to be created before they can return to their place of origins,” said Mr. Skavdal. “Any forced or coerced movement of people is completely unacceptable.”
After the cyclone the Myanmar gangsters on uniform kill the survivors themselves!
The Association of South East Asian Nations is holding urgent talks to discuss ways of helping Burma‘s cyclone victims.
Foreign ministers meeting in Singapore hope Burma’s military rulers – who have so far blocked most large-scale foreign aid offers – will accept Asean help. But correspondents say the grouping cannot force a solution on a member, as decisions are only made by consensus.
Burma says some 78,000 people have died since the cyclone hit on 2 May. But aid agencies say many more may die without urgent help – according to Save the Children, some 30,000 acutely malnourished children less than five years of age in Burma are threatened by death from starvation.
Let’s see, a bit more push and the dictators might go to a cyclone …hell for good and leave Burma free!