News at Tipitaka Network
Buddhist chief urges Myanmar for foreign aid
AFP, Saturday, May 10, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia) The leader of Malaysia's Buddhists on Friday urged Myanmar to allow foreign aid workers to enter the reclusive nation after a cyclone left tens of thousands dead and more than a million homeless.
Tropical cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar over the weekend, leaving at least 63,000 dead or missing, although aid workers and embassy officials say the death toll could top 100,000.
But the mainly Buddhist country's reclusive military rulers have said they were not ready to allow in foreign relief workers.
"We are really appealing to the Myanmar government to let foreign aid workers to help them because it has nothing to do with politics," Buddhist high priest of Malaysia reverend K Sri Dhammaratana told AFP.
"This is purely on humanitarian grounds and it is an urgent need. The longer they wait and stall, things are going to get worse and unmanageable," he said.
Dhammaratana's plea comes amid international pressure to allow experts into the isolated nation where cyclone survivors are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the spread of disease and starvation.
Myanmar's junta has said the country needed outside aid but would deliver it itself.
"Without thinking about politics, the junta should allow whoever who comes to offer help to support the victims," Dhammaratana said, after launching a fund raising drive for cyclone victims.
"We may face restraints in getting assistance across the borders but this will not hamper our efforts to jointly channel our donations to Myanmar," he added.
source: http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID= IEL20080509043256&Page=H&Title=Top+Stories&Topic=0
Buddhist News Features:
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Vesak Extra!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Vesak Extra!
Monday, June 1, 2015 Vesak Extra!
Practicing mindfulness helps body, soul
How British orientalists were responsible for rediscovering Indian history
Woodblock printing and movable type printing
130 monks, scholars attend Buddhist function at Subharti varsity
Pattaya congregates at temples and beaches for Makha Bucha Day
Sri Lankan Buddhist monks denounce anti-Muslim riots
Buddhist cave art
All about kindness and goodwill
Honoring Buddhist women on International Women’s Day
Jaugada in Odisha home to another rock edict of Ashoka
Buddha`s home town Kapilvastu awaits pilgrims, visitors
Nepal makes world record attempt reciting Dhammapada
Ven Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera passes away
Little Sid: The Tiny Prince who Became Buddha
Group meditation offers parents quiet time away from the kids and stress of daily life
Nepal holds peace marathon in birth place of Gautam Buddha
Steven Collins, scholar of Pali language and Buddhism, dies at 66
Worthington Lao Temple working on expansion
Cambodian photographer’s image honoured as one of the best in the world
McMindfulness: Buddhism as sold to you by neoliberals
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa.
Buddha sāsana.m cira.m ti.t.thatu.