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Need to reach humanitarian effort to nature's victim

New Delhi, Fri, 16 May 2008 NI Wire

Weeks after the devastating Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar coast in which more than 30,000 people are feared to have died and thousands more have gone missing, the humanitarian aid to the storm-hit nation has increased significantly. But, the Junta ruled administration is yet to provide complete access to the relief workers to the affected region.

Considering the extent of crisis and the possible escalation in terms of famine and disease, there is an urgent need of a multilateral and multinational effort with all assistance from trained international staffs. As reports are coming, people from the worst-hit Irrawaddy Delta where the nature's victim are still waiting for help, at the same time many relief workers are still waiting for their Visas to enter Myanmar and those who are permitted to enter are only confined to the capital city with much restriction.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his willingness to send a group of delegates to Myanmar to address the present crisis and the much needed move to facilitate the aid delivery process to the needy without any delay.

According to Burmese state-run newspaper, Myanmar can rebuild itself without aliens help, but that to everybody’s knowledge is impossible considering the resources available at the backdrop of sanction imposed on the nation by top international bodies like UN and US. Furthermore, the military administration’s seriousness to the people’s cause can very well be understood with the approval of a new constitution in a referendum held last Saturday, despite opposition from various quarters.

The military regime said that it owned support over 92.4% for a newly government backed constitution, which is of no use when thousands of people are striving for food and shelter with very serious risk of disease. People from the storm-hit areas didn’t get chance to express their right and their opinion is delayed until May 24. This result in the midst of such a crisis and the claim of gaining large support certainly puts question over the legitimacy of the constitution.

It is time to ensure the well-being of the people of Myanmar and the United Nations, as the primary organ of world as a whole should come forward in a coordinated way. Though at this point it would be foolish to advocate any kind of military pressure but a dialogue involving Asian countries can be fruitful for the sake of Burmese people. Sovereignty of any nation should be respected but not at the cost of brutality against humanity. The approach of Myanmar Junta in the aftermath of cyclone is no less than a crime against humanity.

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