Mar Mar Aye: Donate for Myanmar Cyclone Victims’ Relief (Burmese song)

Mar Mar Aye:

Donate for Myanmar Cyclone Victims’ Relief 

 

Interveiw:Zarganar’s Relief Role

 

 

Zarganar, a popular Burmese comedian and social activist, has been heavily involved in volunteer disaster relief aid in the cyclone-damaged areas. An estimated 400 Burmese involved in the entertainment world joined together to do volunteer work in the delta.

Question: Can you talk about the situation on the ground since the cyclone struck Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta?

We started our [volunteer] emergency relief work on May 7, and we are still working. I have been to all the townships struck by the disaster, except Nga Pu Taw.

Zarganar

Answer: There are 420 volunteers in our group. We divided our volunteers in groups to work more effectively. The places we go to are usually places nobody has been to yet. We have been to 42 such villages, most under the administrative area of Dedaye Township. Three of these villages are large village tracts where the paddy [rice] purchasing center was located. 

We went to three large village tracts in Bogalay Township. They hadn’t received aid not only from the government, but also from UN agencies. No NGOs had reached there yet.

Q: What did you see there? What do they need at this moment?

A: I can give you an example. There was a large village tract called Ma Ngay Gyi, where 1,000 families used to live and 700 houses were demolished totally. The other 300 houses left remnants of house-poles and floors. In total, 221 people died in the village and 300 are missing. Nobody knows where they are. Continue reading

Myanmar cyclone: Drug lord crony will profit

Telegraph.co.uk

But, like every other drug lord who has lasted long enough to salt his gains into legal trades, the secret of his success is not his guns or cunning, but his connections. Continue reading

Why is Burma alone? Because it wants to be

Published Tuesday June 3rd, 2008

Xenophobic Junta says ‘No’ to US Navy

US says Navy ships will leave Myanmar area after failing to get OK to help in relief efforts

International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press
Published: June 4, 2008

 

YANGON, Myanmar: The U.S. military Wednesday ordered navy ships loaded with relief aid off Myanmar’s coast to leave the area after the country’s xenophobic junta refused to give them permission to help survivors of last month’s devastating cyclone.

Adm. Timothy Keating, the top commander in the Pacific, ordered the USS Essex and accompanying vessels to depart the Myanmar area after what he said were 15 separate attempts in recent weeks to get the junta’s authorization to help with relief efforts. Continue reading

Burma: It Can’t Wait – Sheryl Crow (Day 30)

Burma Says New Constitution Washes Away NLD Victory


03 June 2008

Myanmar children stand inside their home which was damaged by Cyclone Nargis, on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 20, 2008.APBurma’s state media say a referendum approving a new military-backed constitution has “washed away” the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party in 1990 elections.

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper Tuesday says last month’s approval of the new constitution outdates the 1990s landslide election victory of the opposition National League for Democracy. Continue reading