Friday, May 9, 2008
The military junta in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has refused to admit foreign aid workers in the wake of last week's cyclone which is estimated to have killed anywhere between 25,000 and 100,000 people. It took several days for the regime to allow relief supplies to be flown into the country which unnecessarily allowed the death toll to balloon. They are accepting the supplies just not the workers - at least not without a visa. The earliest any visa could get processed is Monday as today is a national holiday. Even if the visas were issued they typically last seven days. Clearly not enough time to properly distribute aid. It appears the government wants to disseminate the aid itself and most likely amongst themselves. If Myanmar had a nuclear bomb we'd have another North Korea on our hands.
Posted by Aaron Goldstein at Friday, May 09, 2008