this is the link to an article in one of australia's leading newspapers, the sydney morning herald... and in this aretcle contans a VERY shocking image...
i WILL display this image in the next post know there is a policy but i believe that it MUST be seen... but i warn you this image is NOT for the faint hearted
For Burma's generals it was a weekend to celebrate as they counted the votes in a constitutional referendum no one but they will take seriously. For the 1.5 million Burmese seeking shelter in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, without clean water or sanitation, the sham referendum was another meaningless charade.
As the generals were photographed parading through neat refugee tentsites with groomed pathways, shocking images of bloated corpses in the Irrawaddy delta have been published by the Democratic Voice of Burma, a dissident website based in Norway. They reinforce the need for urgent action to prevent outbreak of disease.
With cholera, dysentery, dengue and malaria epidemics among survivors a frightening possibility, state-run television played images of young women singing, "Let's go voting" and "Come along for voting".
The junta acknowledges at least 22,000 people died in the May 2 cyclone, with a further 37,000 missing. A US diplomat based in Rangoon claims the figure may be as high as 100,000 dead. The junta trumpeted what it claimed was a "massive turnout" in its constitutional referendum on Saturday, as thousands of tonnes of food, medical supplies and emergency relief specialists waited on tarmacs around the world for permission to enter the country.
As World Health Organisation workers based in Burma began to assess disease risk, a key WHO epidemiologist was still waiting for a visa. Organisations such as World Food Program and Unicef are distributing food and medical supplies they already had stockpiled in Burma and have bought what food and tarpaulins they can on the local market.
"Diarrhoea rates are very high in many of the affected townships; for children under five, diarrhoea is a disaster," said Shantha Bloeman, Unicef's spokeswoman in Bangkok, adding malaria and dengue were endemic to this region. "What usually happens is the wave and water wash away [mosquito] larvae, so, for the first week, you have don't usually have a problem with malaria, but that will come now. The water stagnates and mosquito breeding begins so that will be a growing concern because people are sleeping with no shelter or very limited shelter."
United Nations agencies are concerned that there are hundreds of thousands of traumatised, injured people and that if they do not get medical treatment, they will die.
In Labutta area, one of the hardest hit regions in the Irrawaddy delta, a Burmese doctor said one in three patients had laceration wounds on their back caused by flying debris in the 200 kmh wind gusts. He said sepsis, a infection in the blood that causes organ failure, was commonplace. "These are injuries we have never seen before," he said.
Doctors in one hospital were treating up to 5000 outpatients a day, said Osamu Kunii, Unicef's health chief in Rangoon. "They are exhausted. They are working long hours and they really need support.
"They need sutures, bandages. They need blood, antibiotics, rehydration solutions for diarrhoea," Dr Kunii said. "They are full of patients and they cannot be treated properly due to a lack of human resources and drugs."
In Bangkok, Rangoon and New York, United Nations officials are pleading with Burmese officials to relax strict visa controls on travel for emergency relief specialists. Forty-seven teams specialising in search and rescue, medical and information management from 21 countries are on standby around the world.
Aid agencies say the regime is allowing access to the delta for aid workers already in the country. To circumvent the logjam over foreign aid worker visas, agencies are using Burmese national staff, recruiting Burmese retirees and redeploying Burmese nationals working abroad back to Burma.
"The nightmare is they are doing everything as normal in terms of visa applications and customs clearance," a UN official in Bangkok said. Normal procedure can take up to two weeks for approval. On Friday, all Burmese overseas missions closed for a public holiday. "All this paperwork needs to go to Rangoon, [and the capital] Napidaw to be approved and that hasn't been expedited."
The UN is trying to negotiate a common agreement for all k the aid workers it has waiting in Bangkok.
Aid is getting in - but not nearly enough. The World Food Program has flown in seven shipments of aid, and an eighth was due to land yesterday. The agency said its food shipments had been briefly impounded on Friday at Rangoon airport.
France is set to deliver 1500 tonnes of rice aid, with or without the junta's permission, aboard the warship Mistral, which would arrive in Burma's waters in the middle of this week, the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, said.
Some generals were taking credit for what little aid was getting through. Some generals' names were written onto aid boxes before they were distributed, according to the Associated Press.
WHERE YOU CAN DONATE
World Vision 133 240 worldvision.com.au
Save The Children
UNICEF1300 884 233 www.unicef.org.au
Australia for UNHCR
1300 361 288
(a Rotary project), www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au
1800 024 413 caritas.org.au1800 020 046 careaustralia.org.au1800 760 011 savethechildren.org.au1300 666 672
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