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Old 05-15-08, 07:58 PM   #1
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Best way to donate to Myanmar cyclone victims?

Does anybody have advice on the best way to benefit the cyclone victims? I have read in the news that the Myanmar government is barely cooperative with outside aid efforts, so I'm worried that any money I give will not help those who need it.

I've considered the standbies, Red Cross and Unicef, but again I worry that it won't help in this case. Then there are sites like google's which match your donation.

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I think that unfortunately this situation is beyond the reach of most of us. They are beginning to allow some help to trickle in, but there are also reports of the government intercepting the goods.

The place is a hell hole. I have a friend who has a friend (yeah right, right?) who is a member of the Free Burma Rangers. He's actually a former US Army Ranger that got involved through his church and has snuck in and out of Myanmar several times over the last couple of years to provide aid. They do have a donation page, though it was hard to find. There is a special section for a relief fund.
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About 5 years ago I had a college professor from Burma...

When he spoke of this briefly you could see the grief in his eyes.

I heard this morning on the radio (Paul Harvey show) that they just held elections in Myanmar, and that the regime in power receivd 92% of the vote, and voter turnout was 99%... A rhetorical question was asked like, "How can 99% of the voters get to the polls when so many can't even get food and water?"
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Old 05-15-08, 08:27 PM   #4
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like the above, your money will go straight into the government's pockets.
it's best to donate to the very few charity organizations that are allowed in.
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I read an article explaining that in some cases the regime is re-labeling donated good to
show that they came from the Myanmar govt, just to try to look good.
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Yeah, those are the conclusions I got as well. I did not know about the claimed voter turnout; impossible is an understatement. I'm sure this whole mess is terrible for the Myanmar government's worldwide reputation (I definitely did not know how bad it was before), but there's nothing much we can do about it.
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Seems to me the regime there should be tried in international court for crimes against humanity. If there ever was a case, this is it. How long will it take the UN to invoke the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine? More accurately, how long will China block the Security Council from voting to invoke this? Meanwhile, people are dying every day. What a farkin' mess.
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