I just returned from Burma where historic elections were taking place. And while the world celebrated the election of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, I watched as a family mourned the preventable death of their baby boy.
Myu Jat Aung, just 11 months old, wasn't a victim of the landmines that litter the region or a stray bullet shot during an attack by the Burmese army. No, Myu Jat Aung died in a refugee camp from diarrhea after his family was forced to flee with only what they could carry on their backs after the Burmese military destroyed their village.
Because the government continues to block humanitarian aid, the lack of clean water, food and medicines turned an otherwise easily treatable condition like diarrhea into an illness that stretched out for two weeks until his tiny body grew too weak to fight any longer. By the time aid began to trickle into the camp, it was too late for Myu Jat Aung.
To hear more about what I learned on my recent trip to Burma, simply click here to RSVP for our conference call on April 17 from 8:00-8:30 EDT.
While the election of Aung San Suu Kyi, a strong voice for democracy and justice in Burma, is certainly cause for celebration, the people I met, like Myu Jat Aung's parents, and the stories they told, made it all too clear that the Burmese government is still carrying out unspeakable atrocities in ethnic minority states like Kachin, where their baby boy died.
There have been calls for lifting all economic sanctions on the Burmese government given the outcome of the recent elections. But after seeing villages that were razed, children suffering and dying for lack of food and medicine and people who've gone missing all at the hands of the military, I believe a different approach is required.
Please join me for an exclusive conference call to learn more about the human rights situation in Burma and how United to End Genocide will be getting involved.Click here to RVSP to the call on Tuesday, April 17th from 8:00-8:30 EDT and get the call-in information you will need to join us.
As we left the funeral, Myu Jat Aung's family told us that we had been sent by God to help bring attention to what is happening to the Kachin people in Burma. I made a promise right then to tell Myu Jat Aung's story when we returned to the United States to get others involved. It is clear that the media is only telling one side of the story and I hope you'll join me on April 17th to hear about what's really happening in Burma.
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