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Calling All Activists

The Burma Campaign UK, along with a number of other organisations, are holding a global day of action for Burma’s cyclone victims. I’m sure that this situation is not far from anyone’s heart.

It’s reported that over 1.5 million people are at serious risk from diseases such as cholera, dysentery and malaria and may die if aid is not delivered soon. It seems that the number of dead cannot be accurately determined at this time, but i am confident that this disaster is on a par with the terrible earthquake in China. It’s rather strange then that China sent 50,000 troops to Sichuan province to help with the aid effort, but is blocking UN sanctions to force the Burmese government to accept foreign aid! I understand the principal that the Burmese should decide for themselves, but i think that when this many lives are at stake – there’s not really much time to look at everyone’s principals.

China broadcasts to the media globally that it would appreciate foreign help; unsurprisingly everyone scrambles to show them how much they can do…and maybe they can get a few new trade agreements next year, but at the same time they block aid from going to Burma! It doesn’t really make sense in my head.

So…what can be done. On Saturday 17th May, the Global Day of Action for Burma’s Cyclone Victims will take place. The emphasis is on getting the rest of the world to enforce aid upon Burma to save literally millions of lives. I don’t agree with this tactic as it will only worsen relations with the government, but then i also do not have a better solution to propose!

Protests are taking place in London as follows:

French Embassy: Time: 12:30 – 13:00
Address: 58 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7JT

American Embassy: Time: 13:30 – 14:00
Address: 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 2LQ

Foreign Office: 14:40 – 15:10
Address: King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH

Click here to view a map of the day’s protests.

Other protests across the world can be found here.

One thought on “Calling All Activists

  1. One could make the argument, that forcing intervention simply prolongs the problems in Burma. If the government do not want foreign aid, perhaps that will provide the people of the country to change their government.

    It is an interesting topic. I have heard a compelling argument made that by simply handing out money to the poor, we create a culture of dependency. It has been said, that only when people themselves choose to rise up and take action, will true change be witnessed.

    The thought of millions dying is obviously an emotional argument. If even some of those lives could be saved, it might be worth intervening. On the other hand, if attempted intervention causes the Burmese rulers to revolt, or to engage in all out war, how many more would die because of that?

    These matters are not simple. My heart tells me forcing aid upon Burma will not lead to progress. Of course, I may be completely wrong. We will never know.

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