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Getting international aid into Myanmar

PR says his workers are finally getting access to some of the hardest hit regions of Burma: these are small signs that there are improvements. (You mentioned the donor conference over the weekend for international organizations. How much actually has to be done?) it's really a massive logistical challenge in many ways. We now have a food hub in one area with large, temporary structures in which we can offload tons of rice and other food and then that food can be delivered to affected areas. But getting other food hubs set up in other areas remains challenging. It's now been weeks since the disaster, yet the level and quality of our work is that of what we normally do in the first days after a disaster. (Tell us about some of the unique happenings in Burma that haven't happened in other disasters.) Because the authorities have been reluctant to grant access, there has been a private charities response and better off residents from regions nearby are giving out aid to hundreds and thousands of people in these affected areas. That's a wonderful expression but it also indicates that there's a tremendous need for NGOs to get into those areas.

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