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anonymous WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MYANMAR? BURMA. May 25, 2008 5:33 AM

by Hla Hla Htay Sat May 24, 7:49 PM ET

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's failure to
aid workers unfettered access to cyclone
devastated areas threatened Sunday to
overshadow a vital conference aimed at
securing billions of dollars for reconstruction.

Disaster experts were still awaiting delivery
on the Junta's promise to allow international
helpers in to the Irrawaddy Delta, three weeks
after Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian nation.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he
had persuaded military leader Than Shwe to
relent on accepting all foreign aid workers,
but it was unclear when they would get in
-- or how much they would be allowed to
do once there.

With time running out for 2.4 million
desperate survivors, disaster workers remain
uncertain about when they will get full access
to Myanmar, which wants the world to donate
nearly 11 billion dollars to rebuild the country.

Some aid groups warned that the
international community was unlikely to
give the regime all the money it will request
at Sunday's donor conference in the main city
Yangon
. There was also renewed international
pressure on the junta to give way.

"We want to see full and unfettered
the international aid workers," Douglas Alexander,
Britain's secretary of state for international
development, told AFP in Bangkok ahead of his
attendance in Yangon.

"We want to see an increase in the number
of flights," Alexander said, noting that any progress
was cause for optimism for cyclone survivors
but insisting that the regime must deliver on
their promises.

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anonymous FROM THE GOOD SAMARITAN! May 25, 2008 9:43 AM

THE KAREN TRIBES!
The Karen Tribes are Christians who are persecuted in Myanmar and are also affected by the recent storm.
I was glad to hear from the Good Samaritan because until now I had not heard of how our Christian brothers and sisters were doing. Good Samaritan is helping the Karen Tribes who are also storm victims.

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anonymous  May 27, 2008 4:25 AM

YANGON (AFP) - Foreign aid workers Tuesday
pressed into Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta,
testing the junta's pledge to open up areas
where one million people have yet to receive
aid three weeks after the cyclone.

Six foreign staff based in Yangon with the UN
children's fund UNICEF were allowed to join
teams of mainly Myanmar workers to assess the
scale of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis,
which left 133,000 dead or missing.

"We're very pleased obviously that we've been
able to get international colleagues out" into the
delta, UNICEF spokeswoman Shantha Bloemen said
in Bangkok.

Other charities such as Doctors Without Borders
were also sending foreign staff into the delta,
testing Myanmar's promise to open up to
international experts whose specialist knowledge
is needed to ramp up emergency operations.

Most of the 2.4 million people in desperate need
of food, shelter and medicine have yet to receive
any international aid, according to the United Nations.

After three weeks of insisting that the military could
handle the aid effort itself, Myanmar's tightly
controlled state media Tuesday hailed the work
of the UN agencies following a donor conference
at the weekend.

"The United Nations and its agencies took prompt
action to carry out relief and rehabilitation mission
with the contributions of international organisations,"
the official New Light of Myanmar said.

"Providing food, clothing and shelters to the
victims are to be carried out with the aid of
the international community," it said, adding
that reconstruction would be done "with the
help of skilled workers."

"With the contributions of the UN, ASEAN
and the international community in that regard,
we firmly believe that the rehabilitation of
storm victims will be materialised soonest,"
the government mouthpiece said.

Donors offered tens of millions of dollars in
cyclone aid at the weekend during a conference
hosted by the United Nations and the
Association of Southeast Asian nations.

The money came with a clear message
for the junta -- that international help
depends on open access for aid workers
to the cyclone zone.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who last week
became the first UN chief to visit this country in
more than four decades, said junta leader
Than Shwe had assured him that workers
would be allowed into the delta.

Myanmar also agreed for the UN and ASEAN
to coordinate a stepped-up relief programme,
but details on how that would work remain murky.

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anonymous  May 29, 2008 10:20 AM

esollie@lwr.org and visit our website at www.lwr.org.

BANGKOK, May 29, 2008 — Through already established networks of community-based organizations, members of the global alliance Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, have assisted more than 100,000 people since the days immediately following the Myanmar (Burma) cyclone. Lutheran World Relief, a member of ACT, gave an initial $50,000 to support the ACT response and continues to raise funds to assist people affected by this disaster.

“Aid is going out every day, and local organizations are reaching thousands of people,” says an ACT member representative. The representative explained that ACT member-supported local organizations are mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and are procuring relief goods locally in Yangon and in the Delta region.

Joanne Fairley, LWR’s deputy regional director for Asia and the Middle East, just returned to the U.S. after a meeting in Bangkok with the ACT members implementing the response.

“Our partners on the ground would like us to assure friends in the U.S. that aid is getting through and has been from the start,” she said. “The road to recovery from this disaster will be a long one. Much aid is needed to reach all those affected and, looking forward, more aid will be needed to sustain them through this crisis.”

With 134,000 people dead or missing, the United Nations estimates that 2.4 million people are severely affected.

“The effects of the destruction are seen almost everywhere… But what is striking is the coping mechanisms of the Burmese people,” explains an ACT member representative. “The people are so calm and strong — even in the midst of tragedy — they still manage to smile. They are survivors. It’s the nature of their culture. They are mobilizing themselves to help their families and their communities,” added the representative.

As one component of ACT member responses, community-based organizations are sending teams of local doctors, nurses and students trained in psychosocial care to visit the shelters housing cyclone-affected families.

An ACT member reported that one of its supported local organizations traveled five hours by boat to support families in remote villages that had not received any aid three weeks after the cyclone — illustrating the capacity of communities to help themselves.

“The conditions were very bad — people had nothing,” the local organization reported. “The pond they normally use to collect drinking water in the rainy season has turned into slime. It has been filled with salt water and all the water lilies have died. Now, we are trying to clean it up, but with the lack of diesel and water pumps, it is difficult,” the local organization concluded.

ACT members plan to provide safe water to communities through the rehabilitation of 5,000 water points. Other planned assistance includes emergency shelter for up to 340,000 people along with at least 10 days of food aid for up to 68,000 people. Members are also planning distribution of non-food items for up to 112,000 people. One local organization has already set up 21 emergency shelters for those who lost their homes, Fairley said, and added that they are receiving desperately needed supplies such as water purifiers and medical supplies through arrangements with local logistics companies.

ACT International launched a preliminary appeal for $5,156,215 to provide emergency assistance over the next six months. ACT alliance members, including LWR, have launched national appeals for funding.

“Despite the enormity of devastation, the people of Myanmar are showing their strength and resilience, and are working to restore a future with hope,” said an ACT member representative. “People want to get back on their feet and they want to plant seeds for the second harvest. Farmers only have six weeks for planting. They need seeds, small tractors, livestock and fertilizer. Our goal is for people to return home and to be able to plant their first crop.”
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 December 07, 2009 8:40 PM

Dear Donna Matthews,
 
Thank you for your support to date. We just learned that the Burma orphans are again in a percarious position: 
On November 27th, Thailand’s border police stormed the Shekinah (Glory to God) orphanage in Mae Hong Son Province near the Burma border, put the names of all the residents on a register and asked them to prepare for deportation.
 
After fleeing Burma in June, the children were temporarily moved to another orphanage closeby. However, due to the spread of Malaria in that orphanage and the subsequent death of one girl, they were quickly shifted to the new location. It has been just a week since the 76 children (between the ages of six and sixteen) were moved to the new location, around 100 miles from the orphanage on the Burma/Thailand border.  
 
Please pray that the Thai officials would have mercy on these children and allow them to stay. The best situation would be for the orphans to be granted permanant immigrant status.
 
Thank you once again for your prayers and your action on behalf of the persecuted.
 
ICC
 
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: (800) ICC-5441
Fax: (301) 585-5918
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