Friday, May 09, 2008

Undescribably Horrible

During the build up to the Iraq War, I remember making the case to friends that, if we must invade a nation with a corrupt and dangerous government, several nations were more worthy of our invasion than Iraq. Myanmar is one of those nations. The way Rangoon is interferring with U.N. relief efforts is sickening. From

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- The United Nations' top World Food Program official in Asia said Friday he's "furious" over the Myanmar's government's refusal to allow the organization to distribute aid that was flown in for cyclone disaster victims. Future flights have been suspended.

Two planes that landed Friday morning in Rangon carrying 38 tons of high-energy biscuits, medical kits and other items were seized by officials at Yangon International Airport, said Tony Banbury. That is enough to feed 95,000 people, he said.

"We off-loaded the food, and then the authorities refused us permission to take that food away. We were told we needed a special letter from the Minister of Social Welfare. We hand-delivered a request to him. The answer back was 'No, you can't have the food.'"

"That food is now sitting on a tarmac doing no good."

Related: "UMCOR Provides Help to Myanmar"


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