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Originally posted by acegotflows
I don't blame the junta for not letting the aid workers in. That's how spies and dissent get introduced.
Originally posted by acegotflows
From a government standpoint, they junta is correct. Them being humanitarian on the other hand I'd beg to differ...
Burmese Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein said on Thursday that the first phase of bringing relief to the victims of the cyclone had been completed and the second phase, reconstruction, was now beginning.
Asia World is the country’s biggest construction enterprise, run by Tun Myint Naing, also known as Steven Law, one of the Burmese businessmen on a US sanctions list because of his suspected links with drugs trafficking.
Aid workers from Laputta Township allege that the Ayear Shwe Wah company is pressing cyclone survivors to work on reconstruction projects for 800 kyat (70 US Cents) a day.
France's ambassador to the UN has accused Burma's government of being on the verge of committing a crime against humanity by not accepting foreign aid.
Jean-Maurice Ripert made the comment during a General Assembly session, after Burma's UN ambassador accused France of sending a warship to region.
France says the ship is carrying 1,500 tonnes of food and medicine for survivors of Cyclone Nargis.
State TV has put the official death toll of the 2 May storm at 78,000.
Another 56,000 people are thought to be missing according to the latest official estimates, which nearly double the figures released on Thursday, raising fears the final human toll may be enormous.
Rangoon ceased to be Burma’s capital in November 2005, when the country’s ruling junta suddenly and inexplicably abandoned the city for its jungle redoubt of Naypyidaw. It has proved to be a prescient move. Now, nearly two and a half years later, the generals are comfortably ensconced in their new capital, while Burma’s largest city is left largely to its own devices as it struggles to recover from the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has condemned Burma's military government for not allowing international aid to reach the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
Mr Brown told the BBC that a natural disaster had been turned into a "man-made catastrophe" because of the negligence of the ruling generals.
The most "caring" president of late, Jimmy Carter, knows how to get aid to places, but he also knows how to use spies and red cross planes for nefarious means. That's why I was worried and felt that Burma's government took the correct stand from ruling aspects. BUT PEOPLE NEED HELP.
Four weeks after the disaster, the United Nations says fewer than one in two of the 2.4 million people affected by the cyclone have received any form of help from either the government, or international or local aid groups.
Rumours are flying around the international aid community in Yangon that the evictions are occurring in state-run refugee centres across the delta.
The U.N., which has local and foreign aid workers in the delta, said it did not know if that was the case.
"We certainly don't endorse premature return to where there are no services, and any forced or coerced movement is completely unacceptable," U.N. spokeswoman Amanda Pitt said in Bangkok.
The evictions come a day after official media in the former Burma lashed out at offers of foreign aid, criticising donors' demands for access to the delta and saying cyclone victims could "stand by themselves".
"The people from Irrawaddy can survive on self-reliance without chocolate bars donated by foreign countries," the Kyemon newspaper said in a Burmese-language editorial.