News reports tonight are describing the people of Burma as ‘resilient‘.
Certainly they are resilient. When we visited, we saw these people living in pretty ordinary circumstances – poverty, lack of basic services, poor to non-existent infrastucture, all against a constant undercurrent of oppression. Despite their obvious hardships, they were friendly and open, with a ‘can-do’ attitude and beautiful smiling faces.
They certainly don’t need this latest obstacle.
If you’re feeling a little compassionate, don’t be put off by the fact that Burma is run by a cadre of self serving military officials. I’m sure they’ll find a way to get their grubby hands on a portion of your money, but trust the aid agencies to do their best and get your money to the people who need it. Head over to the Red Cross Donations page and be generous.