It’s absurd: On the one hand, cyclone Nargis that devastated Burma served as destraction from the fact that the people of Burma have been suffering from oppression and hunger for a long time. On the other hand, it’s a grim reminder of how bad things really are in the country tyrannised by its military regime. London-based NGO The Burma Campaign UK works with that ambiguity. Watch this cool yet serious animated film that’s accompanying the campaign:
As cruel as nature has been to the Burmese people, what happened to them for decades under military rule is even worse. Villages destroyed, millions displaced, the poor starving. That was everyday life in Burma before the Cyclone. In a country where rape is used as a weapon of war, thousands are forced into slavery and dissent can mean death, its people cannot speak out. But you can.