Reports are starting to come out of Burma now and the death toll is “officially” at 22,500 but there are many – close to 50,000 – missing. The death toll is expected to top 50,000.
What is funny though is that the press seem to be reporting the political side of this with the ruling military dictatorship stymieing relief efforts and also the national referendum to go towards democracy being put under threat. George W Bush has requested that the Burmese government – referred to as a “junta” in the press – open up its borders to allow the US Military in.
Seems overly complicated doesn’t it? I don’t recall the US Government doing anything during the Boxing Day Tsunami but now that the victim of this natural disaster is a military dictatorship, the US want to bring in their guns to “save” people.
Just strikes a chord with me as being a bit subversive.
Lets just hope that the people on the ground are able to get back on their feet and that those who truly wish to help them are able to do so quickly.