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World focus on Burma (9 January 2009)

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Visitation rights denied to families of political prisoners, India –
However, military authorities instead responded with the arrest of Buddhist monks, students, human right activists and National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Burmese blogger in running to win “Best Asian Blog”, India –
On his blog, he has chosen to post a popular line that states, “Burma, Myanmar: Yes, We can win this Award”. The world’s largest blog competition, …

Muslims proscribed from worshipping in residential flats, India –
Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights …

Top International Weather Events: 2008
Washington Post Blogs, DC –
Cyclone Nargis, a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that developed over the North Indian Ocean, struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) on May 2. …

Resolution cites increased religious persecution
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –

In 2008, China, Burma, and North Korea were among those listed as “Countries of Particular Concern.” Representatives Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), …

Ethnic Kachin rebel vow to oppose junta held elections, India –
Colonel Lamang Brang Seng, in-charge of the military wing of the KNO on Friday said his group along with other Burmese pro-democracy outfits and other …

Ban must visit Burma to begin the end-game
European Voice, Belgium –
In backing a visit to Burma (Myanmar) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s envoy, Peiro Fassino, in mid-December added to the …

Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… also among his followers at the time.” Sein Kyi said Kyaing Kyaing, the wife of junta head Snr-Gen Than Shwe, had tried to coax the abbot back to Burma.

Teenage Activist Transferred to Labor Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… transferred to labor camps across Burma. “Several political prisoners, especially NLD party members, have been transferred to labor camps,” said Bo Kyi. …

Business Roundup (January 9, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A new study of Burma’s economy reveals several trends in terms of the military regime’s foreign trading partners. …

Falling Fuel Prices Have No Effect on Gov’t Pumps
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In early 2008, The Myanmar Times, a semi-official weekly, reported that the government had undertaken a partial liberalization of Burma’s energy market by …

Nowhere to Hide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Several organizations have recorded the staggering amount of human rights abuses, killings and rapes that are perpetuated by soldiers of the Burmese army …

Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma.” NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members. …

Police fail to investigate stabbing in Laiza
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Most of the vehicles passing through the area are delivering goods, which have not been cleared by customs when they came into Burma from China,” he said. …

Fall in rice price hurts Myanmar exporters, farmers
Reuters –
… when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year. Myanmar had stood …

Relatives blocked from attending NLD member’s funeral
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Hlaing Aye, a member of Hlaing Tharyar township NLD’s organising wing, passed away on Tuesday in Rangoon at the age of 70. NLD information wing member Nyan …

Two soldiers accused of rape and murder attempt, India –
A 21 year old ethnic Kachin woman hailing from Hsa Hmaw Township, Kachin State in northern Burma was raped by two soldiers at knife point. …

300 migrants arrested in raid in Kuala Lumpur
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)–Around 300 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in a raid by Malaysian police and immigration authorities on Wednesday, according to …

Meikhtila local official sells off communal land
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The resident said Win Myint’s sisters were also running a gambling business in the ward, which had led to an increase in crime in the neighbourhood, …

Immigration Act changes permit Tibetans to stay
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The amendments will also benefit about 800 descendants of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to Thailand and present-day Myanmar, the former Burma, …

Maternal health care ‘extremely limited’ in Eastern Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Thousands of people in eastern Burma are regularly subjected to human rights violations, according to several Karen relief groups and international human …

CWS emergency appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. Relief and early recovery …


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January 9, 2009 at 2:36 am

Karen Girl Raped and Killed by Burma Army Soldier

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Monday, January 5, 2009 (6:37 pm)
By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)– Villagers of the mainly Christian Karen minority in Burma on Monday, January 5, were mourning the death of a seven-year old girl who was raped and murdered by at least one government soldier, the latest in a series of sexual abuses of minorities in the country, investigators said.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a Britain-based rights group investigating the situation in the military-ruled Asian nation, said the girl was allegedly shot dead after she was  raped on December 27 in her village of Ma Oo Bin, in Kyauk Kyi Township of Burma’s Nyaunglebin District.

It quoted the Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) as saying that local villagers saw at least one soldier from Burma’s army “enter the village shortly beforehand, and then heard sounds of a girl crying out for help.”

The crying was allegedly silenced by “rifle shots.”

The girl’s parents and village leaders reported the case the following day to the local commander, identified as Captain Thet Khaing. “However, despite eye witness accounts no action has been taken,” CSW said.


The KWO and other rights activists have urged the government to immediately detain the perpetrator, “and for action to be taken against the commanding officer for failing to act.”

CSW’s National Director Stuart Windsor the case underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar.

“This latest tragic case is an example of the culture of impunity reigning throughout the military regime. We strongly support the KWO’s call for the arrest and prosecution of those guilty of the murder and rape of this young child.”


Windsor said his group believes,”the regime in Burma is guilty of a wide range of crimes against humanity which should be investigated and brought before the International Criminal Court.”

Burmese officials have not commented. However the government has consistently denied reports of human rights abuses, acusing organizations making those claims of spreading “Western” and “American” propaganda.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has urged the Burmese military government to allow more political and religious freedom in the troubled nation. (With reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos).

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January 6, 2009 at 1:41 am

World focus on Burma (6 January 2009)

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Nargis volunteer sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, India –
Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma on May 2-3 of last year, left around 140000 people dead or missing. Previously, Khin Maung Win worked in Malaysia and was …

Pro-junta group announces formation of political parties, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – A pro-junta group, the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), has said it is all set to contest the upcoming 2010 …

Kachin Manaw festival gets off the ground, India –
The first Manaw festival was inaugurated on 10 January 1948 just after Burma got independence from British colonial rule in Sitapu Ward, Myitkyinar. …

The Thinker: ‘Liberty Forum’ Should Replace UN Rights Body
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… against the Human Rights Council is long. From its inaugural meeting in June 2006, the council has condemned North Korea only once and Burma four times, …

Report: UNICEF to Continue Polio Vaccinations in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News A report in a weekly Burmese magazine said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) plans to continue its polio vaccination program in Burma …

David Scott Mathieson: The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
National Post, Canada –
The activists include a brave labour rights representative named Ma Su Su Nyay, who was handed more than 12 years, and Min Ko Naing, the leader of Burma’s …

The Ascension
The National Interest Online, DC –
It has protected the Burmese military regime—one of the world’s most brutal—from effective sanctions by the Security Council. …

The Great Dragon awakens: China is preparing to challenge American …
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The ‘Middle Kingdom’ has successfully attracted Myanmar as an ally. Myanmar (aka Burma) borders the Southern part of the Peoples’ Republic of China and it …

What can Facebook really do?
Third Sector, UK –
It was also a brilliant platform for activists in Burma. One of the hardest things for charities to accept about Facebook is the lack of control over both …

Court allows Boeing to use ‘racist’ US law
The Australian, Australia –
The countries banned by the US Government are Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Burma, China, Liberia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, the Democratic …

MorungExpress, India –
Then in 1954 came the military invasion of our lands by India and Burma. This was not a cultural invasion in the true sense of the word but the “Money …

Myanmar trade surplus shrinks as gas exports fall
The Associated Press –
… economic sanctions against Myanmar to pressure the military government to improve human rights and release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

People’s Parliament Chairman Saw Mra Aung Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sent a flower basket and five monk robes to the family, according to Aye Thar Aung, a close colleague of …

Political Activist Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… since been arrested by Burmese security forces. The students’ organization was originally founded by Gen Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1936. …

NCUB Plans to Form Parallel Government in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The NCGUB was formed by exiled MPs elected in 1990 and is led by Dr Sein Win, the cousin of Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Suu Kyi Issues a New Year Challenge
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
News reports from Rangoon suggest that Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi commemorated the country’s Independence Day alone at her house—but …

But, we don’t need F-16s, we need human rights and people like you talking about real issues. What you have done is so important.’ Her eyes just filled up. …

Christian group condemns Burma human rights violations
ChristianToday, UK –
The girl is believed to have been shot and killed by a government soldier in the village of Ma Oo Bin in Karen State, north Burma, on December 27. …

USDA grants loans to farmers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Many farmers are in financial difficulties this year, particularly in areas affected by Cyclone Nargis, due to low yields and falling crop prices. …

Dick Cheney Voted “Worst President of All Time
The Spoof (satire), UK –
The Generals running Burma consider him an adviser. Donald Trump often writes to him with questions. When questioned by very brave reporters who dared get …

Women’s group call for investigation into girl’s rape and murder, India –
The Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group promoting human rights and democracy in Burma, in a statement on Monday condemned the Burmese …

Journals ordered to condemn NLD demonstration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The activists carried placards calling for the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and were walking towards the Myenigone area when they …

UWSA changes nomenclature of administrative territory, India –
According to observers who are closely watching the situation, UWSA has already informed the change of nomenclature to the Burmese military junta. …

Topics in this story:
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Myanmar (MNN) ― The bamboo growth cycle in Southeast Asia has hit the flowering stage, and with it comes a plague of destruction. Daniel Punnose (p’nohs) …

… underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar. …

Red Cross chapter hopes to meet more need despite fewer dollars
ENC Today, NC –
Hardy said outreach done for new Burmese refugees to this area was a highlight for 2008. The Red Cross staff and volunteers crossed language and custom …

The council has also considered resolutions and bills dealing with human rights in Burma, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iran, Israel and elsewhere. …

Famine in Myanmar By RATS
Christian Web News, KY –
… plant’s natural growing cycle has caused parts of the region to be overrun with rats, which has caused a famine in the small country of Myanmar (Burma). …

UN Assembly Isn’t Right Forum
KanglaOnline, India –
Of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in which Myanmar (Burma) is also a member, four members,  Brunei Darussalam, …

State Firing of Vietnamese Editors Latest Sign of Shrinking Press in SouthEast Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

‘Myanmar Thit’ magazine’s new cover design yet to be cleared by …, India –
U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe are two veteran politicians and executive committee members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Disaster-heavy 2008 raises pressure for climate pact, insurance
Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Cyclone Nargis survivors sit outside their shelter in Mawlamyinegyun, Myanmar, June 2008.
IFRC/John Sparrow

More than 220000 people died as a result of natural catastrophes – including around 135000 after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May (this figure includes …

Some of her strongest statements have been on humanitarian issues, such as the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She plans to settle in Dallas, Texas, …

Philanthropy Needs Human Rights
Forbes, NY –
Yet the fixation on basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical care is shortsighted in regions where human rights are violated. …

Ethnic veteran political leader Saw Mara Aung dies, India –
Dr. Saw Mara Aung (92), chairman of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) passed away at about 7 pm (local time), Nyan Win, spokesperson of Burma’s main …

Private tutor stages solo protest, India –
He distributed ‘NO’ campaign posters of the NLD by wearing a T-shirt with ‘NO’ letters. After indulging in these anti-government activities, …

Faith constant from Burma to Aotearoa
Auckland, New Zealand –
… 06 January 2009 He has old-fashioned British politeness and his accent shows a hint of his homeland Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

What Bizarre Events Will 2009 Bring?
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
It was part of the International Olympic Committee’s bringing-democracy-to-developing-nations agenda that worked so well in Beijing in 2008. Burma’s junta …

Insurance giant warns of rising natural disaster risk
Business Green, UK –
Overall losses from natural disasters soared to $200bn from $82bn last year, the company said in a statement last week. Insured losses in 2008 were $45bn, …

Taunggok NLD chair’s jail term extended by 15 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese authorities last month extended the sentence of Taunggok township National League for Democracy chairman Min Aung, …

World focus on Burma (29 August 2008)

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India’s Myanmar Policy An Alternative Roadmap
MorungExpress, India –
At least twelve groups are believed to have bases in Myanmar. India has already provided Burma with military equipment but Burma has also requested …

Suu Kyi party: UN trip yields no results
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s main opposition party lashed out Friday at UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, saying his visits to Myanmar have failed to …

NLD Criticizes Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has slammed UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari’s mission to Burma …

Soldiers Still Watch Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The officer told The Irrawaddy that most soldiers believe that the political situation in Burma cannot improve without Suu Kyi’s involvement and that even …

Ten jailed for September 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 29, 2008 (DVB)–Ten people, including Bogalay township National League for Democracy chairman U Aung Khin Bo, have been sentenced to 30 months’ …

Public Servant Online, UK –
The complete lock-down in Tibet mirrors that of Burma, a country whose ruling junta is actively supported by the Chinese authorities, including, …

Ukraine, Russia and European stability, UK –
Leave to one side that Russia spends a lot of time arguing in the UN and elsewhere against “interference” in internal affairs, whether in Zimbabwe or Burma. …

US ‘Deeply Disappointed’ about Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Improved relations between Burma and the international community depend on the Burmese regime taking concrete and sincere steps in this direction. …

Joe Biden and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“As far as I know, the US government knows that they need to have dialogue with the Burmese junta,” said Aung Naing Oo, a Burmese political commentator in …

Anger in New Zealand over Deal Easing Trade with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Free trade here will mean choice New Zealand products will serve at the tables of the fascist junta of Myanmar [Burma], while we get cheap products …

New Zealand labour union attacks ASEAN trade deal
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Hanson cited the murder of Ko Moe Naung, a Seafarers’ Union of Burma (Myanmar) organizer in the Ranong region, who he said was killed by Burmese military …

Sri Mulyani Indrawati: Indonesia’s Woman of Substance
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
… former IMF director for Asia, defeated Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize winner who is currently under home arrest by order of Burma’s military regime. …

Suu Kyi 38th most powerful woman in world, India –
Burma’s democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the 38th most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes magazine. …

Lakelanders return from cyclone relief effort
Westmorland Gazette, UK –
Hamish Wilson and Rupert Miller travelled to Burma immediately after Cyclone Nargis struck the west coast of Myanmar on May 2 effecting over 2.5 million …

Five, last year’s protesters, arrested again, India –
Chiang Mai – As news of democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to accept food supplies spreads among people, Burmese junta authorities are taking no …

Maritime Union Criticizes Myanmar Connection In Free Trade Deal
Voxy, New Zealand –
The Maritime Union has previously spoken out about the murder of Ko Moe Naung, a Seafarers’ Union of Burma (Myanmar) organizer in the Ranong region, …

Remarkable women
Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –
Take a look at the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner closeted for years in her home in Burma/Myanmar on orders from the evil junta. …

Burmese singer highlights junta abuse
Radio Australia, Australia –
In the west we have Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Billy Bragg but in Burma, there’s Moon Aung, a folksy-pop protest singer. His concerts feature on-stage …

US lashes Burmese junta’s refusal to cooperate with UN
The Standard, Hong Kong –
The US said it was “deeply disappointed” that Burma’s military regime failed to cooperate with United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who visited the nation …

Russia, China Alliance Weakening Over Georgia
New York Sun, United States –
By Staff Reporter of the Sun | August 29, 2008 UNITED NATIONS — An alliance between two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, …

Burma’s Activists Still In Prison
Voice of America –
According to the human rights group Amnesty International, there are still more than two-thousand political prisoners in Burma. And there seems to be no end …

Gecko Fossil Discovered In Amber
OPB News, OR –
It’s embedded in a piece of amber unearthed in Myanmar that dates back some 100 million years. Researchers say it’s possible the gecko ran into a resin pit …

Ancient geckos Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Former Amherst resident goes global: Qing Zhang joins Nobel group …
Amherst Bulletin, MA –
In July and August, she joined activist/actress Mia Farrow and eight women who have won the Nobel Prize on a trip to Sudan and Burma, countries with close …

When the military takes power
Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt –
In Myanmar, historically Burma, the military has ruled for more than 45 years after toppling the civilian government of Prime Minister U Nu in 1962. …

People Against Democracy
New America Media, CA –
Thailand is not a Republic but is governed by a monarchy backed by a military junta (as in Burma). These protests represent another military coup, …

Refugee’s new home comes into focus through new lens, FL –
Mai Ra Hay was born in Myanmar, a military-led nation once known as Burma, bordered by China, Thailand and India. He was an infant when his family fled …

UK: Foreign Secretary David Miliband speech in Ukraine
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Leave to one side that Russia spends a lot of time arguing in the UN and elsewhere against “interference” in internal affairs, whether in Zimbabwe or Burma. …

US concerned about detained Suu Kyi’s diet
USA Today –
State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters that Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in the military-run country, also known as Burma, …

Refusal of the Burmese Regime to Cooperate with the United Nations
US Department of State, DC –
Improved relations between Burma and the international community depend on the Burmese regime taking concrete and sincere steps in this direction.

Ethnic Kachin teenage girl raped and murdered

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Friday, 15 August 2008 22:58

New Delhi – A 15 year-old ethnic Kachin school girl in Northern Burma was found raped and murdered three days after she disappeared on July 27, an ethnic Kachin News Group said.

The teenage girl, Nhkum Hkawn Din, of Nam Sai village in Bamaw District in southern Kachin state did not return home on July 27 after she was sent to give food to her brother, who was working in the paddy field, the News Agency said.

After three days of searching, on July 30 her body was found naked near an army checkpoint.

Naw Din, editor of the KNG, citing local sources said the girl was seen being followed by soldiers on her way to her brother in the paddy field.

“Locals saw Corporal Aye Thein and two other soldiers following her when she was on her way to the paddy field,” Naw Din said.

The Burma Campaign UK, a group advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma, said the girl’s naked body was found along with her clothes, slippers, and the basket that she carried on the fateful day.

Nang Seng, Campaign Officer at the BCUK told Mizzima, “This is one incident among thousands of cases and is the trademark of the Burmese Army’s use of rape as weapon of war in Burma.”

According to the BCUK, Nhkum Hkawn Din’s skull was smashed, her eyes were gouged out, her throat was slit, she had stab wounds on her right rib cage, and her face was mutilated. She had been stabbed in the abdomen after she was raped. She was further violated with knives.

“This is a horrific attack and should remind governments and the United Nations of the true nature of this regime,” Nang Seng said in a statement released on Friday.

“There is no justice or rule of law in Burma,” she added.

Nang Seng told Mizzima that despite complaints lodged by the parents of the teenage girl, the authorities until today have failed to take action against the perpetrators of the horrific crime.

“Her parents have already complained at the police station but the local police told them that there is not enough evidence to prove the crime,” Nang Seng said.

While there is no eyewitness to the rape and mutilation of the teenage girl by Burmese Army soldiers, BCUK accused the soldiers of being the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, another advocacy group, the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) in a statement released on Friday condemned the brutal act and called on the international community to exert more pressure on the Burmese regime.

“This latest tragedy is another example of the grotesque barbarism of the military regime in Burma, and evidence that despite what the regime tells UN envoys, they continue to perpetrate crimes against humanity with impunity,” Alexa Papadouris, Advocacy Director at CSW, said

In accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1820, which describes rape and sexual violence as a crime against humanity on June 19, 2008, both CSW and BCUK called on the International Criminal Court to charge the Burmese regime with crime against humanity.

“We believe that the Generals ruling Burma should be brought to the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity,” said Papadouris.

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August 16, 2008 at 12:57 am

Myanmar junta evicts cyclone survivors

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Posted: 18 June, 2008

myanmarcamp.jpgPhoto by Reuters/Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar (MNN) ― Myanmar’s junta government has been quietly evicting cyclone survivors from shelters and shutting down refugee camps. They’re sending the people home for “reconstruction,” but there’s nothing left in most villages.

The government has now imposed martial law in many areas of the delta affected by the cyclone, and some local officials are being accused of abusing their authority.

Donor organizations are still NOT allowed into the villages affected. They are allowed to deliver supplies to an SPDC (Burma Army)-controlled warehouse in township areas where who knows what is happening with the supplies donated. There are growing concerns that the government is merely stockpiling the supplies and issuing propaganda showing distribution.

Vision Beyond Borders’ Patrick Klein says in order to get aid to these areas, “There’s a list. For that village, you have to be on that list; you have to be approved by the village leaders. If it’s not (on the list), you’re turned back, and any supplies you’ve brought for the cyclone victims will be confiscated by the government. I don’t know how our friends are getting on those lists, but they are going in with a team.”

There are other concerns, too. Klein says  they have confirmed reports that the army is now shooting survivors as well as raping female survivors. Blockades are up on all roads and river ways to the delta area to intercept local individuals bringing aid to survivors in order to extort money from them.

Vision Beyond Borders’ team arrives in Myanmar tomorrow. Continue to pray that the Lord would intervene so that the team can reach those needing help. The team sent ahead two containers: one is full of medicine, the other is full of food. They’re also taking in 15 duffel bags with medication, water purification tablets, clothes and money.

Aside from providing the physical help, they’ll also be living their faith. Klein says during his last trip, the team got the chance to talk about Christ and share their testimony.

The response was overwhelming. “I’ve never seen the people cling to every word. They were desperate for hope. That’s what we want to do is bring them not just the supplies. That’s the secondary thing. But we are trying to get the Gospel to these people because we know that there’s a lot of people that could die as a result of this catastrophe, but we want to give them the hope that is in Jesus Christ.”

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June 18, 2008 at 8:43 am