Monday, May 12, 2008

Cyclone Nargis


This post is dedicated to the victims of Cyclone Nargis...wanted to blog about it sooner but couldn't....the post and pre situation made me too sick even to talk about it.

Received the pictures via email from my God sister ( thanks Pam )on the aftermath and destruction left behind by Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar...

An excerpt from the Star Online explains curtly on why the death toll is so high when, in truth it can be greatly reduced....

"With communications down, we were unable to get news on the magnitude of the disaster. All attempts to get a clearer picture of the situation, as well as the safety of our guide's family were futile.

“This is how the military junta keeps control of us – divide and rule. If something happens in one part of the country, those in the other states will not know of it,'' he said.

"The guide said no warning was given to the people in the hit areas. In a country where the media is controlled and telecommunications infrastructure is under-developed, the people usually get whatever information there is from independent short-wave radio services like the Voice of America and BBC World Service.

Most people are too poor to have radios though, so they would have been totally unprepared for the cyclone,” he said.

Frustrated by the lack of news on local TV, he said: “Our government only wants people to see everything that is fine in the country. That’s why there is no news on the disaster.”


In the rural areas of the Irrawady Delta and the west coast, the death toll was officially reported to be about 22,400, but international experts are estimating it to have crossed 100,000.

And, with the military junta dragging its feet over opening the doors to international aid, a greater catastrophic loss of life is predicted.


Even now, a medical volunteer has reported that an increasing number of people have been infected with fever and diarrhoea. There is also news of death from snakes and attacks from crocodiles near the flooded swampy areas.

It is feared that unless urgent action is taken, the death toll could be bigger, even more than that of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

John Holmes, the United Nation’s humanitarian chief, described the Myanmar cyclone crisis as “increasingly desperate” and urged for political pressure from world leaders to allow aid in."

Fuck military and iron fist rule...they are nothing more than ploys for personal gains and satisfaction. I sincerely hope that "some country" will send their elite squad to assisinate the son of bitches for what they have done to the pure and innocent over there.

I personally have a friend by the name of Gary comes from the Yangoon area. The poor bugger was totally devastated when the Nargis news broke out....till today he doesn't have a clue as to the survival of his family...phone lines are down as well as any forms of contemporary communication.

Still, he puts on a brave face and continues to work...day in and day out..work, work and work just to numb himself from the thought that he might not see his family again...aaarrrrgg!!!! its things like this that will totally fuck up my day.

Gary my friend, my heart goes out to you in these trying times, be brave my dear friend and May The Lord enclose you and your loved ones in his warm embrace.


The below pics received via email...






May All Of You Rest In Peace.....

5 comments:

genius said...

r.i.p.

Jamie said...

Amen to that bro.......

Marsha M said...

it's time like this when I hate to even admit that I bear the MAUNG surname. HOW HORRENDOUS!! Absolutely unforgievable...If not for the fact that BURMESE is actually printed on my birth cert, I would prefer to call myself anything but that. Iranian kah, Kambing-kah, Iraq-ian-kah, Eqyptian-kah, North Korean-kah...whatever....as long as not Burmese.

I don't know lah....stupid MF government. and we thot ours was bad......

p.s. I also wanted to blog about it earlier but don't know what to say?!

Marsha M said...

Oh, in my anger, I forgot to send condolence to your friend, Gary. I hope your friend's family members escaped the wrath of the disaster....

Jamie said...

I hope so too cuz....I hope so too..

this further reinforces the saying of "grey is always grey, no matter what shade its in"..all fucking Gov are the same...personal interest takes precedence over everything.