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Burmese Refugees Face Starvation

World  (tags: humanrights, refugee, Burma, Bangladesh, Rohingya, starvation, drive them out, minority, unregistered, arrested )

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Aid agencies in Bangladesh are warning that thousands of unregistered Burmese refugees are facing starvation because of government moves to drive them out of the country. The refugees, from a Burmese minority community called Rohingya, complain that


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Teresa W (782)
Thursday April 15, 2010, 6:25 am

Erin R (181)
Thursday April 15, 2010, 6:44 pm
How sad! :-(

chris b (2474)
Friday April 16, 2010, 12:48 am
More evidence of global discrimination and uncaring governments. All in the "Too Difficult" box!

Terry B (649)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:07 am

Bella Black (20)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:11 am
Thanks . I'm so sad for these people

Ben O (129)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:20 am
"Please use Your liberty to promote ours"
(Aung San Suu Kyi)

Refugees International:
For more than five decades, Burma has been entrenched in political and armed conflict between the repressive ruling military regime, political opponents, and ethnic groups, resulting in the displacement of over 3.5 million Burmese. While most analysts, including Refugees International, believe only a change in political leadership can address the structural causes of poverty in Burma, few forecast an end to the country’s political stalemate. Refugees International believes the international community must do more to address the humanitarian needs of Burma’s 55 million people in the absence of political progress.

Current Humanitarian Situation
Although Burma is a resource-rich country with a strong agricultural base, it is believed to be one of the poorest countries in the world. The UN Development Program estimates that Burma’s GDP per capita is the 13th lowest in the world. According to UNICEF under-5 child mortality averages 104 per 1,000 children, the second-highest rate outside Africa, after Afghanistan. Burma also has the highest HIV rates in Southeast Asia, and malaria, a treatable and preventable disease, is still the leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Despite this, Burma receives less international assistance – at $4 per person – than any other of the poorest nations in the world, where the average is $42.30 per person.

Following the disaster caused by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, international aid entered the country at an unprecedented rate. Because of these increased resources, aid agencies report an unprecedented level of access and mobility. But the gains these agencies have made in delivering relief supplies, gathering information about needs and supporting local communities are at risk without continued international support for food security, livelihood and early recovery activities. Many donors have begun to increase resources for nation-wide operations, but as of yet, the US government lags behind other countries in helping to alleviate poverty in Burma.
Action Needed
The U.S. government should commit funds to continue the expansion of humanitarian assistance programs to Burma out of cyclone-affected regions to cover areas of need nationwide in the 2011 appropriations process.

International Campaign for freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma:
Democratic Voice of Burma:

Jean Lord (46)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:33 am
I am saddened bu this story.

. (0)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:33 am
Noted & will share now. Thanks for this article Naoko. Keep them coming!

Rose Becke (141)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:37 am
Noted thanks for this Naoko

Maurene T (122)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:47 am
Very sad.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:49 am
Why does their have to be so much suffering?

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Friday April 16, 2010, 6:39 am
Anyone could be there as them, starving and suffering!! Please care of people and give them food!! We need no wars and arms but food and alms!
Noted with thanks. But. I'm saddened that there are people going hungry and starving while there are us who are happily at home. God help!

. (0)
Friday April 16, 2010, 6:53 am

Karen Walker (71)
Friday April 16, 2010, 7:34 am
STories like this one always make me wish I had some sort of magic wand so I could somehow insure that people never go hungry or live in fear.

. (0)
Friday April 16, 2010, 7:39 am
This is terrible... shocking and disgusting.. God's word says that we are to care for these who seek refuge in times of touble... these people are heaping up cuses whereas one day they will find themselves in the same place with empty begging bowls.. what they have sown they have reaped

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:27 pm
Wish there was something we could do for these people !!

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Friday April 16, 2010, 9:26 pm
Noted, thanks.

Saturday April 17, 2010, 2:23 am

Marianna M. (6)
Saturday April 17, 2010, 1:30 pm
heartbreaking. it is.

Tamila F (3)
Saturday April 17, 2010, 8:24 pm
How horribly sad.

Karen B (289)
Sunday April 18, 2010, 9:52 am
It boggles the mind to try and comprehend a dire situation like starving people due to their government. But that is the truth everywhere, at some point in time. How deeply sad to think of people starving when I'm sitting home deciding what TV show to watch or what book to read.

Bracha Katz (31)
Monday April 19, 2010, 2:40 pm
so sad, may god help tham. thanx naoko

Rose Becke (141)
Monday April 19, 2010, 10:38 pm
sometimes words don't say enough
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