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Burma/Myanmar: 44 children die of starvation; 2,000 flee to India

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Children Die in Chin State Famine

By SAW YAN NAING

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More than 30 children have died in a famine in Chin state, western Burma, according to the Chin National Council, an exile rights group.

The famine was caused by a plague of rats, which ate rice stocks in many of the state’s villages.

Another Chin group, the Chin Human Rights Organization, said the famine had hit about 20 percent of the state’s population, or at least 100,000 people.

“They have no food,” said Lian H Sakhong, a leader of the Chin Humanitarian and Relief Committee. “Unless we provide sufficient relief soon, the situation will become worse.”

He pleaded with donors to contact the Chin Humanitarian and Relief Committee so that relief can be rushed to the stricken areas.

The famine occurs about every 50 years when the flowering of a native species of bamboo gives rise to an explosion in the rat population. The International Rice Research Institute has warned of “widespread food shortages” because of the crisis.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article1.php?art_id=13943

44 children die of starvation; 2,000 flee to India

August 21, 2008 – Famine plaguing Chin state in western Burma killed 44 children after they were afflicted by malnutrition and diarrhea, according to Chin National Council’s secretary Pu Ralhnin. Faced with starvation around 2,000 people have fled to India.

“All the victims are children. They died from malnutrition and diarrhea, Pu Ralhnin said.

The children who died from malnutrition and diarrhea – as a result of food shortage in Chin state – are from Surngen, Tisen (A, B), Sentun, Ngalang, Lawngzuite, Lawngtlang villages in Thangtlang Township.

“Since they had nothing to eat, they looked for Yams in the jungle and had it as their daily meal. It led to malnutrition and diarrhea,” he added.

Meanwhile faced with starvation, around 2,000 villagers from Paletwa Township, one of the worst affected areas in Chin state have fled to Mizoram state in northeast India.

“I heard that around 2000 Khumi people from Paletwa region had arrived in some areas in Mizoram close to the Indo-Burma border because they are facing food shortage and there is nobody to help them,” Terah, coordinator of Chin Famine Emergency and Relief Committee based in Mizoram said.

The villagers belong to the Khumi tribe from famine hit areas in Paletwa township. They entered illegally to take refuge in Saiha district and Lawngtlai district in Mizoram.

Terah also said that most of the villagers from Paletwa Township are in search of whatever jobs are available in Mizoram for survival.

Bamboo flowering began on the Indo-Burma border in late 2006 leading to multiplication of rats in the region. The rats gradually invaded the farmlands and destroyed crops such as paddy and maize – the main staple food of Chin state.

As a result along the Indo-Burma border areas, over 100,000 people, heavily dependant on cultivation are facing food shortage.

Initially, the most affected areas were Paletwa, Matupi, Thangtlang township but later the phenomenon spread to northern Chin state.

Since early July, rodents started devouring crops in several farms of some areas in Tamu and Kalay Township in Sagaing division. The farmers were helpless, unable to contain the situation.

“Since early July, rats have been destroying several crops such as paddy and maize planted in farms in our villagers,” a villager from Khanpat said.

Despite the local authorities distributing rat poison to farmers in Kalay to prevent further spread of rats in the region, the farmers said that using the poison is no longer effective.

The Burmese regime said that it had provided rat poison and around 1000 bags of rice to the affected areas in Chin state.

The locals from the affected areas in Chin state denied that they had received any aid from local authorities. – KHONUMTHUNG.

http://khonumthung.com/kng-news/2008-news-archive/august-2008/44-children-die-of-starvation-2-000-flee-to-india

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August 22, 2008 at 2:31 am

World focus on Burma (5 August 2008)

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World focus on Burma (16 July 2008)

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Chin Face Food Shortages

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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World focus on Burma (12 June 2008)

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Minister Power announces airlift of humanitarian aid to Burma
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ACN: more than 100000 euros for Nargis victims in Myanmar
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Burma: One million survivors not yet reached
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Since the Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3 the military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has issued 180 visas for UN staffers to enter the South-east Asian …
Aung San Suu Kyi deserves flogging like ‘naughty child’: Junta
Mizzima.com, India – o
The junta listing Malaysia, Singapore, US and Britain as countries that apply anti-terror laws said, “Myanmar [Burma] is not the only country that …
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Dalai distances himself from Sharon’s comment
Daily News & Analysis, India –
“Tragedy in Tibet, tragedy in Burma (Myanmar), tragedy in China, all this is karmic … but her particular sort of comment — that I don’t know,” winner of …
Myanmar: Cost of rice still increasing
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
A representative from Champion rice warehouses told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Pawsan Mwe, Burma’s highest quality long-grain rice, had shot up in …
Disaster standards needed in Asia
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The recent earthquake in China, the cyclone in Burma, and the slow onset famine in North Korea have all brought to the fore the absence of agreed upon …
Africa: Continent, Failed States And Purpose of Government
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In Myanmar or Burma, the government, an outright failure, did the same in the recent disaster that hit the country. The same is happening in Zimbabwe. …
Asean workshop warned against overly ambitious human rights body
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Burma’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in September overshadowed the November summit. It threatens to haunt the next meeting as well, …
Freedom of Dundee for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Glasgow Daily Record, UK –
The honour from Dundee City Council will be accepted on her behalf in September by the director of the Burma Campaign UK.
Intelligence officials assigned to keep eye on TCG
Mizzima.com, India –
More than a month after the cyclone lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, leaving 133000 dead or missing, the United Nations estimates that more than one million …
ASEAN team gains ‘full access’ to Burma
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Southeast Asian and UN experts will have full access to cyclone-devastated parts of Burma, where more than a million people have still not received any …
Rainy season further threatens Myanmar
Indian Catholic, India –
… that there are still thousands of people affected by the hurricane, still needing help, and he called on the world not to forget the people of Burma.
Burma Red Tape Delays Cyclone Aid, Agencies S
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP / RANGOON Ten thousand pregnant women among Burma’s estimated 2.4 million cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care, a UN official said …
Ten WFP Helicopters Fail to Bring Enough Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We explained to them that the ICRC assistance is relatively limited to some specific areas in support of the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross. …
In the calm before the storm
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
Myanmar has been under a brutal military dictatorship since 1962. The country’s name was officially changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989 by the State Peace …
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Myanmar Generals Should be Tried for Cyclone Victims Genocide …
OpEdNews, PA –
The UN could not do anything for Burma. They could not count even the deaths after last September’s uprising. Since then we have deeply disappointed by the …
RI running out of time to play key role in Myanmar
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
A month after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, more than one million people severely affected by the storm have yet to receive any food, water, or shelter, …
Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone
Radio Australia, Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been …
MAP International provides medical aid to devastated Myanmar – 11 …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is one of the poorest countries in Asia. According to the World Food Program, about five million people in Myanmar lack …
Global Community Of
Black Star News, NY –
… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …
Warsawan Returns From Myanmar, Says Cyclone Survivors Still At Risk
Times-Union Newspaper, IN –
Joe Wilkey, executive director of World Compassion Network, a Warsaw-based relief organization, recently returned from Myanmar (Burma). …
Suu Kyi should be beaten says junta
Metro, UK –
By contrast, Burma’s ruling generals – recently criticised over the response to the deadly cyclone – were ‘the parent of the people’ and had exercised …
Rainy Season Further Threatens Myanmar
Zenit News Agency, Italy –
Cyclone-devastated regions of Myanmar stand to lose the little shelter that remains as the rainy season brings torrential downfalls. …
Author: “End of Food” Maybe Near
NPR –
I mean you can look at the dysfunction in Myanmar, formally Burma, or you can look at, you know, distribution problems in sub-Saharan Africa. …
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UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Question: Okay, one question about Burma. There are credible reports from the ground that aid does not reach the hard-hit area and that the monks and others …
Nu Image/Millennium Breaking Three Musketeers Out of Mothballs
Rotten Tomatoes, CA –
I also liked how the setting was Myanmar (previously Burma). Maybe he can do Rambo in Sudan, as that country is going to be a giant bag of suck for a while.
UN: 10000 pregnant women need care in Burma
USA Today –
Rangoon, Burma (AP) — Ten thousand pregnant cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care in Burma, a UN expert said Wednesday, as relief agencies …
Volunteers send aid through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) back door
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
No, Ms. Finke elected to fly here June 11 to join a grassroots effort for cyclone relief and civil empowerment for Burma (Myanmar), run by the father of her …
BURMA: One Million Survivors Not Yet Reached – UN
Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
Since the Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3 the military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has issued 180 visas for UN staffers to enter the South-east Asian …
Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 11 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …
ONLINE GAMBLING TRIAL STARTS IN CHINA
Online-Casinos.com, Denmark –
… identified as Tan Zhiwei and Tan Zhiman were originally involved in setting up a gambling organisation in Myanmar (Burma) and then branched out into …
Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Insights at Yunnan …
Newswire Today (press release), UK –
… markets around the world including Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), India and Nepal.
Burma will not face food-shortage: Junta minister
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese junta’s official mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar, on Wednesday quoted the Minister of National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, …
NLD says new constitution null and void
Mizzima.com, India –
It is the presentation of our position to the people in Burma and also to the international community including the UN which observed the referendum to see …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 4:37 am