Burma Relief Effort Belies Need

Junta props up success stories but ignores thousands out of spotlight
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 4:48 PM CDT
Burma Relief Effort Belies Need
Homeless Burmese receive candy at a monastery serving as a temporary shelter on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, May 26, 2008.   (AP Photo)

Burma's junta would have one believe it's got the situation under control in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, and even has a test-case diorama as evidence for foreign envoys, the Times of London reports. Sinkan refugee camp hosts 180 well-fed, healthy inhabitants in clean blue tents—while 10 minutes down the road, destitution, sickness and homelessness are everywhere.

“The people from the foreign embassies go to see the people in the blue tents, who are the families of people in the Government,” said a Buddhist monk. “The officials there tell them how to answer the questions … and do not bring the foreigners here because they know that if they spoke to us we would tell them the truth.” (More junta stories.)

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