Burmese Celebrities Try to Help Survivors

By VIOLET CHO Friday, May 30, 2008<!– , –>

A planned public fundraising drive by the well-known Moustache Brothers comedy troupe to collect money to help Cyclone Nargis survivors was halted by a professional entertainer’s association in Mandalay on Thursday. 

Burmese actor Lu Min offers dry clothes to cyclone survivors. Continue reading

Cyclone survivors victimised by Myanmar soldiers

 Cyclone survivors victimised by
Myanmar soldiers

 May 29, 2008 PYAPON (Myanmar) –

PYAPON, Myanmar (AP) — It’s not much, but the flimsy bamboo lean-to on the side of the road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and may soon be uprooted again — this time by soldiers ordering them to leave.

A 93-year-old cyclone survivor, is seen, in Pyapon town, Delta region of Myanmar, Monday, May 26, 2008   (photo:AP)

Three weeks after the storm, survivors say they are being victimized again, by a military regime that has forced some to return to flooded, collapsed homes and others to labor on reconstruction projects. Continue reading

Myanmar agrees to allow in “all” aid workers: Ban


Fri May 23, 2008


NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Senior General Than Shwe agreed on Friday to let in “all” aid workers to help the 2.4 million survivors of Cyclone Nargis, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said after meeting him.

“He has agreed to allow all aid workers,” said Ban, who is on a mission to convince the reclusive military government to permit more foreign relief expertise three weeks after the cyclone struck, leaving nearly 134,000 dead or missing.

Asked if this was a breakthrough, Ban said: “I think so.”


                                             (Reporting by Patrick Worsnip; Editing by Grant McCool)