Burmese cyclone fund raises more than $100,000
UUSC-UUA fund has disbursed $30,000 already; relief delivery complicated and slow.
The UUSC, an independent human rights organization, works through partnerships it forms with grassroots organizations. In times of disaster they focus on helping groups marginalized from traditional aid strategies.
Money from the fund is being used for the distribution of food, medical supplies, and water treatment supplies. It is also being used to support children who have been separated from their families. In this last case, funds are being directed to monasteries to hire teachers for the children, Thompson said.
According to a New York Times report, the Burmese government is closing refugee centers and sending people home. “The situation is desperate and is going to get more desperate,” Thompson said. “People are now returning to complete devastation—and relief is minimal.”
The Burmese government has come under international criticism for strictly controlling the arrival of relief supplies and aid workers. According to the Los Angeles Times, only one U.N. helicopter was permitted into the country until June 9, when additional helicopters were allowed entrance. Many delta villages are accessible only by boat or helicopter.
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