Monday, May 4, 2009

Myanmar One Year Later

Above Top: "A woman feeds her baby as she rests in her makeshift tent Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Twantay, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Yangon, Myanmar. Many in Myanmar one year later are still struggling with the effects of Cyclone Nargis." (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Above Bottom: "Myanmar children look on from a Cyclone Nargis damaged home Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Twantay, Myanmar. Many Myanmar residents are still struggling to meet basic daily needs a year after Cyclone Nargis struck the area. Twantay is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Yangon." (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

These pictures reveal just a tip of the iceberg that is the situation in Myanmar one year after Cyclone Nargis hit the area. Oregon's South Coast The World has a good article on what happened one year ago, and the situation today. You can read it here:
The article states that, in the weeks following the disaster, Myanmar's military regime denied aid agencies access to the area. However, the junta, under global condemnation and pressure from the UN, finally did begin allowing aid in.

I remember when this cyclone hit, and how I heard that Samaritan's Purse (a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization headed up by Franklin Graham) was able to be in Myanmar just two days after the disaster. An article on the one year anniversary of Cyclone Nargis that appears on the Samaritan's Purse website states:

"We had staff in the country just two days after the storm hit, and in the weeks that followed we flew in 10 cargo planes filled with tons of relief supplies. Knowing that even those who made it through the disaster were at risk because of a lack of food and clean water, we worked to provide rice and other staples to thousands of families and installed large water filtration units."

Samaritan's Purse outreach in Myanmar has expanded and continues to this day. To read the entire article, view pictures and find out how you can help, go to

"'Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?'
The expert in the law replied, 'The one who had mercy on him.'
Jesus told him, 'Go and do likewise.'" Luke 10:36-37

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5

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