FELICITY HUFFMAN ON THE BURMA CRISIS

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Burma is ruled by Than Shwe’s dictatorship, the military is arresting reporters and journalists, forbidding them from finding out who needs help and how many are dead. The government doesn’t seem to trust anyone so they say that they prefer to distribute the aid to the people themselves. So far, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of food and medicine making its way to the people who need it so bad.Had the Burmese people been warned in time there would have been less suffering. Now instead of allowing aid to get through they’re blocking that along with censoring, arresting and interrogating reporters and photographers. There has been an estimated 2.5 million people affected by the cyclone but only a small portion have received any kind of aid at all. 30% of farmers have lost their rice fields and animals to Cyclone Nargis. Some of the farmers have also died so there’s confusion on what to do with the land. Aid that does get through has been sporadic. “Farmers in the areas most affected by Cyclone Nargis need rice seed by the end of June, or Burma’s rice harvest will fail, the United Nations says. The UN has warned that the harvest could fail this year and next, making the country - currently a net rice exporter - a net importer of rice.” Today the European Parliament will be voting on whether to charge Than Shwe’s government with crimes against humanity. It’s a horrible situation and it’s hard to fathom how anyone could refuse help to people in need, leaving them to starve. Felicity Huffman speaks about the horrible event in the above video.

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