The Buddhist monks have offered more assistance to the people than their own government.
It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around big numbers, especially estimated death tolls. This morning state-run radio in Myanmar (which is military-controlled) reports that an estimated 22,000 people perished in the weekend’s storm which bought with it a cyclone devastating the coastal city of Yangon. With power out, drinking water tainted, and relief on the horizon (there’s a hold-up in the U.N., probably because they were busy breaking ground for their $2 billion new HQ in NYC), the people of Yangon are in a dire situation.
Then again, the people of Myanmar have been in a dire situation for years. With no stable government and the assasinations of any leader who tried to bring order to the control, Myanmar faces tough sanctions from the U.S. and U.N.. Due to the sanctions and the corrupt government, the average person on the street is dirt poor or barely making it (full story).
Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about the country. I know that Myanmar has been “unfriendly” to Christians, outsiders, and the its own monks. But my prayers are with the people of Myanmar as they clean up the mess nature has made and hopefully they’ll be able to clean up the mess the government has made of their country, too.