May 17 : Global Day of Action for Burma

Tomorrow, May 17th is a Global Action Day for Burma's Cyclone Victims. Thousands of people will gather across the world to call for the international community to intervene in the humanitarian crisis in Burma. Demonstrations and vigils will be held to urge world governments and the United Nations to intervene by supplying aid to the 2.5 million people displaced by Cyclone Nargis.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated the death toll was between 68,833 and 127,990. The U.N. and the Red Cross say between 1.6 and 2.5 million people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of death through starvation, dehydration and preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea.

Nearly half of those killed in the Myanmar cyclone were children. UNICEF says 3,000 schools were wiped out by the cyclone, leaving 500,000 children without classrooms.UNICEF says with people desperately in need after Cyclone Nargis, children are now at risk of abuse and trafficking.

It's a calling for an Urgent Response to Burma’s Humanitarian Disaster. This is a situation that the country has not dealt with before and the scale of the needs is clearly massive. Casualty figures continue to rise and something need to be done NOW! Every minute of delay is costing lives.

It's time to reach out and do something to support the relief efforts . You may donate monetary needs to the victims via International Relief Friendship Foundation or through any of the bodies listed HERE.

Tomorrow is the day, May 17th.. Mark your support - Spread the word, Light up a candle and show solidarity in spirit, participate in any Glodal Day of Action Events in your areas or simply change your social network profile pictures to SOS Burma.

I'll be going RED tomorrow. So as The Blank Page.

ps : On the other hand, within 72 hours after the quake rattled central China more than 50,000 people may have died in it. What a disaster!

1 comments to "May 17 : Global Day of Action for Burma"

  • Thank for leaving a link in "I'm A Blogger" group. Nice to meet you here.. ;)

    Now I know why you say you will go red. This is a good campaign to remind people around the world. I did blog about Burma and China cases. While I'm blogging about them, a strong feeling of grief was rushing to my mind. I hope I can help...