I cannot believe that I hear and read (update #104).

One minute visas given and then revoked for relief workers. The government wants the aid but not the professional and experienced personnel.

There was swiftness in rallying together internationally to help, gleaned from Indonesia’s tsunami (2004 December) and the US’ katrina (2005 August), unfortunately it’s the Burmese authorities who are hampering and hindering the relief.

What sickening and callous leaders — protecting themselves and not the plight and welfare of the people! Where is humanity?

Life is unfair…the already-poverty stricken-Burmese are the ones who suffer most as a result of ‘foolishness’ of the authorities.

Is the head of state fearful the relief workers might summon courage of the Burmese to revolt?

These poor are not accessible to the outside world. Many resigned to their fate. Many are resilient and did their part in salvaging to survive.

Oh it makes me weep as I write at the helplessness to see the most vulnerable young and old dying and the stench they have to stomach without mentioning their hunger and loss of loved ones and homes.

I stumbled across this blog — ‘Burmese bloggers w-o borders’ and found the following. Warning: photos on http://komoethee.blogspot.com/2008/05/president-bush-send-us-navy-asap.html are not platable but…these thunder!

The games some ruling leaders play with the lives of humans!


#104 aftermath of cyclone in burma

What manner of man is the head of the military junta? A case of mixing politics and humanitarian aid? Pride?

Six days passed after cyclone nargis swept through the Irrawaddy Delta and Rangoon, the head of state is slow to respond to international relief initated by the world — food and medicine. What a tragedy indeed!

Each passing day sees more people die without food and water, disintegrating dead bodies causing water-borne diseases and access into affected areas blocked making relief work impossible!

Storms batter Burma every year. Though warned on its severity given 48 hours before by the Indian meteorologists (in 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh claimed 143,000 lives), the scale of devastation revealed the people woke up on Sunday to rude shock and anguish.

Why were people not evacuated in the fierce wind-swept and flooded areas?

Cyclones are caused by huge revolving winds (in tropics clockwise circle) around a central area of low atmospheric pressure. Its destructive force is the fierce winds churning up the sea, causing giant waves and surges of water rushing inland with deadly power flooding the low-lying coastal areas. The heavy rain falls brought serious flooding around the rivers and delta.

Is the head of the military junta punishing the people for being fed up with his regime? Is he waiting for constitutional referendum on May 10th to decide further action? Is he so sick that those around him are paralysed to decisive and humane solutions?

During the protests, there was mobilization of the military; this devastation, few military personnel seen.

Under military power since 1962, will the Burmese rise in revolt and oust the military junta like the collective action created in the Philippines?