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Sunday, 2 January, 2005

Help for Burma's Tsunami Victims and Coastal Communities


• 90+ deaths (likely much higher)
• at least 1,500+ missing
• 17 coastal villages confirmed destroyed (likely more)

Dear Friends and Supporters,

This is an urgent appeal for help for some of the poorest of the poor.

The world is focused on the South Asia disaster, and the death tolls from Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia are mounting by the hour. Virtually no information or first-hand accounts have come out of Burma, however.

Nonetheless, a quick look at the map shows that southern Burma had to be terribly affected by the tsunami (some good additional maps can be found at Relief Web). The Burmese islands and coastline around the Andaman Sea are just slightly north of the Thai resort of Phuket, which was devastated. In that area of Burma, a unique seafaring people known as the Sea Gypsies (Salone, or Moken) have lived simple lives dependent on fishing for centuries. Their lives will never be the same.

The Foundation for the People of Burma needs your help. Our medical team will be in the affected area next month. With your help, we can alleviate some of the suffering that has resulted from this disaster. With enough support and local participation we can help the people there rebuild their communities for a better future.

All of your contributions go directly to alleviate suffering. The low administrative overhead of the Foundation is fully funded by private donors.

Please consider making a special, tax-deductible contribution now.

Funds may be sent to:

Burma Tsunami Relief Fund
909 Montgomery Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94133

415-486-6527 ph
415-486-6786 fax
IRS EIN: 94-3375666

Hal Nathan, President: (415) 486-6516
Heather Graham, Executive Director: (415) 486-6527
Helen Gunthorpe, M.D., Medical Director (415) 713-4728

Checks should be made payable to: Foundation for the People of Burma. Please specify whether you would like your donation to be used toward the Burma Tsunami Relief Fund, or general programs.

Donations in the form of cash wires and stock transfers are also welcome. Please contact us for account instructions. Donations with your credit card can be made via the DONATE box on the website. (Checks or wires are preferred, however, since there is a small administrative fee taken out by JustGive, the nonprofit that processes our online donations.)

Thank you for your compassion in this grave moment.

Hal Nathan and the Board of the Foundation for the People of Burma

More information on the Foundation is available at our website: www.foundationburma.org

3 Comments Post a Comment
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Yes, but HOW can we help? The last I heard, Burma's government was not requesting aid. Which relief groups (if any) are actually providing support to tsunami victims in Burma/Myanmar?

Mon Jan 03, 01:19:00 AM IST  
Blogger Paul said :

I know for a fact that Partners International works with the the people in Myanmar (formerly Burma). You can help the Tsunami victims through this Christian missionary organizations at www.heartformissions.net, then follow the link to "Partners International"

Mon Jan 03, 10:49:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

It is clear from looking at any map of the Indian Ocean that there should have been considerable damage in Burma. Southern parts of the country are near both the earthquake epicenter and Thailand, with many small offshore islands which are very exposed.

The Burmese government is turning away help and refusing to let people in. They claim there is no problem and maybe there isnt. They have published a statement showing an incorrect map of the earthquake zone showing the epicenter many hundreds of miles further south than it actually was, giving the false impression that Burma is further away from the epicenter than Sri Lanka, and completely protected from the Tsunami by mainland Indonesia. In fact parts of Southern Burma are almost as close as the Andaman islands, and some of those were totally obliterated. The only aid the Burmese have accepted is a small sum of money from China.

I have read speculation on the net that the reason the Burmese Government is pretending there is no problem is twofold: firstly general incompetance. But secondly there is speculation that the current military dictatorship is not unhappy about the idea of as many of these people dying as possible, as there is much opposition to the Burmese government inthe South.

I wish the media would turn more of its attention to the situation in Burma. The area has been closed to outsiders for years now because of the Human Rights abuse that goes on (slave labour etc) so perhaps the Burmese government is just trying to save face; it has never shown any interest in the welfare of any of the Burmese people other than its supporters, why start now? Some good satelite photos would help but I have seen nothing as yet. World media, please do your job, and at least let us know if Burma has been as incredibly lucky as its government maintains.

Mon Jan 03, 04:57:00 PM IST