Links to useful material (in English) on the May 2-3, 2008 cyclone in Burma
MAY 13: How to help Cyclone Nargis victims (Mizzima)
LATEST slideshow: “Death & destruction in the Delta” by Delta Tears (on the Burma Library) (NOTE: Contains images of drowned persons, including children and babies. May also require installing a DivX Codec to view.)
***More comprehensive list of links*** on the Burma Library
Asian Human Rights Commission (Nargis page)
New Era Journal (Burmese homepage, but streaming CNN broadcasts)
Photo gallery of the delta on IFRC site
YouTube (keyword search)
BurmaNet (collected news articles)
US Campaign for Burma (Nargis page)
Myanmar Relief (new blog)
Rule of Lords posts (keyword search)
Matthew Weaver (blogger following story)
LATEST CALL FOR DONATIONS TO INSIDE GROUPS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2008
An Announcement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
BURMA: AHRC now accepting donations on behalf of partners
Twelve days since Cyclone Nargis, international aid groups and bilateral donors are still greatly hampered in getting access to stricken populations in Burma who are now at risk of a massive outbreak of waterborne diseases, including diarrhea, cholera, malaria, and skin ailments.
As a result, local people have had to step up to the challenge and try to keep their fellow citizens alive until more comprehensive relief can arrive. They have been doing an incredible job under very adverse circumstances. Many of them were themselves hit by the cyclone but they have seen the damage to other persons’ lives and have worked selflessly since the destruction occurred, using their time and money to do the work that should be undertaken by the state and humanitarian agencies.
Among those doing this work, many are ordinary local people and civic groups in places where survivors have been relocated who have gathered together their money and goods to help as best as they can. People from religious groups of all persuasions are also actively involved. Others are famous actors who have some financial security and a concern for the wellbeing of their fellow citizens. And some are members of human rights networks who have at this time put aside their ordinary activities to concentrate on the cyclone recovery effort.
The Asian Human Rights Commission is in contact with some of these persons and in view of the dramatic delay in assistance from abroad and continued restrictions on what is getting in, has recognised the urgent need for continued support for these people and groups until the situation changes. Therefore, it is now accepting donations on their behalf. Money received can be forwarded within the same day. Unfortunately, for the safety of recipients the AHRC is not able to reveal their details publicly; however, for financial purposes some information can be given to credible institutional donors and those known to the AHRC upon request.
How to donate:
2. Mail or in person: Send a cheque or demand draft for the amount of your choice, preferably in US or HK dollars, payable to “Asian Human Rights Commission Ltd.” to the AHRC, 19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building, 998 Canton Road, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
3. Telegraphic Transfer:
Hang Seng Bank Ltd.
Hankow Road Branch, 4 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Account No: 295-7-917525 (USD)
Account Holder: Asian Human Rights Commission Ltd.
Swift code: HASEHKHH
For further inquiries: Please email to email@example.com or Philip Setunga, Programme Coordinator or Fr. Roberto Reyes, Researcher, at (+852) 2698 6339.
May 12th report from Myanmar: Moe Gyo
1. No foreigners allowed in any of the disaster areas.
2. No cameras allowed in disaster areas.
3. Donation / charity groups are springing up all over the country and the world. Many are raising cash. Many are collecting items (clothing, etc). Some items are being delivered to disaster areas.
4. Some areas are still off-limits, as survivors are over-eager to get their share of the distribution that sometimes it can lead to looting. People have reported being stopped at knife-point and asked to give more food / items, in some areas.
5. Once you get in the field, a lot of people come back literally with only the shirt on their backs. I.e. you go there with a jacket and a teeshirt, you only come back with your tee.
6. Bodies are still visibly floating in the water. Will take a few more days for them to sink or decompose.
7.There are 100,000 survivors. For example, $2Million will come to about a dollar per survivor for 20 days. As food prices have soared and no one can grow their own food anymore, a dollar a day is not enough to sustain life. So if we up the burn-rate to 2 dollars per day, the number of days comes down to 10 days. This is just for food. It doesn’t include shelter, clothing, funds for business to re-start.
8. We need a few billions of US$ in total. How to get that? That’s the big question.
9. Also with loss of human lives, so many many many cows and bulls have perished. These people cannot recover without their tools of trade along with farmlands.
Donate to these groups
Avaaz.org (donate online)
Care (donate online)
Caritas (contact your nearest office on how to donate)
Disasters Emergency Committee (UK) (donate online)
HOPE International (donate online)
International Federation of the Red Cross (donate online)
International Rescue Committee (follow instructions on how to donate)
Medicins sans Frontieres (donate online or contact nearest office; recommended for established work in affected areas)
Merlin (donate online; recommended group for established work in affected areas)
Relief International UK (donate online)
Save the Children (donate online)
World Concern (donate online)
Please suggest any other pages or groups that should be added to these lists.
Buddhist & Burma associations abroad accepting donations
Listed on Niknayman:
1) UK: Myanmar Sangha Association UK and Unity to Victory Group
Ko Kyaw Swar (+44) 7828 890 224
Ko Thant Zin (+44) 7727 248 755
Ko Moe Swe (+44) 7773 325 635
Ko Myat Soe Khine (+44) 7939 222 932
Ko Htike (+44) 7974 817 387 (http://ko-htike.blogspot.com/)
Sayadaw U Candobhasa
Bank Name : Barclays
Account Holder Name Mr A Candobhasa
A/C 90 00 28 36
S/C 20 80 71
Ph 078 77 297 205
2) Singapore: Peninsula Plaza:
1. Lin Let (Second Floor)
2. Sin Myanmar ( Third Floor)
3. Daw Than Than Nu (5th Floor)
4. Lan Pya Kyal Library (5 th Floor) – Collection on everyday 6:30 pm to 9pm
Additional info pls see (http://linletkyalsin.blogspot.com)
Collection of clothes, shoes, caps, pencils and so on. If you want to participate please contact:
Daw Soe Soe Aung @ Catherine – 92986743
Si Thu Aung @ Chris – 81681121
Ye Thway @ Danny – 91084611
3) US: Myanmar America Burma Buddhist Association (ABBA)
Sayadaw Ashin Indaka and ABBA EC members
619 Bergen Street Brooklyn NY
Help Burma Cyclone Victims (Australia)
http://www.nargis-myanmar.org/ (Singapore; includes satellite photos of affected zones)
Announcement on cross-border assistance from Thailand:
National Health and Education Committee, Burma Medical Association, Mae Tao Clinic and Back Pack Health Worker
Wed 7 May 2008
On May 3rd, 2008 Cyclone Nargis hit Rangoon, Irrawaddy, and Pegu divisions, and Karen and Mon State in Burma. It is estimated that 50,000 people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of people are now homeless.
In order to help those people to rebuild their lives the National Health and Education Committee, Burma Medical Association, Mae Tao Clinic and Back Pack Health Worker Team met on the 6th May 2008 and organized an emergency assistance team to respond to the needs of the affected communities.
All of the organizations have mobilized emergency funds to begin the response immediately and have committed to raising further support through fundraising efforts. A team will conduct rapid needs assessments, at the same time as distributing some basic needs. Following the initial assessment relief supplies will be provided by the assistance team in coordination with the affected communities. Support from external agencies will be needed for this effort.
The organizations are committed to addressing this terrible loss of land, homes and lives. It is a national disaster for the people of Burma and it is imperative to take action now. Through coordination and cooperation with the affected communities, and organizations from all sectors of society, emergency relief must be provided to try to alleviate some of the suffering and hardships that the people are currently facing.
Contact person and address: Dr Cynthia Maung, email: firstname.lastname@example.org