Myanmar Still Hinders Foreign Aid

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Yangon, Myanmar (AP) Aid groups continue to complain that Myanmar's military government is hindering international help for cyclone victims.

Tens of thousands of people were killed when the storm decimated the coastal region four weeks ago. Nearly 2 and a-half million survivors are homeless and hungry.

For its part, the reclusive regime is belittling aid efforts as mere handouts of chocolate bars. Actually, no aid agency is known to be handing out chocolate, which would be impractical in the tropical nation anyway.

Aid groups say some foreign aid staffers are still waiting for permission to enter the hardest-hit Irrawaddy delta region while the regime continues to review entry requests.

The group, Human Rights Watch, says myanmar's generals are showing that, even during a disaster, oppression rules.

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