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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Burma: "Let them eat frogs"

Burma's military junta is again rejecting foreign aid for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, saying that its stricken citizens can survive on a diet of frogs:
Burma's ruling junta lashed out at foreign aid donors yesterday, saying cyclone victims did not need their "chocolate bars" and could survive on frogs and fish. "Myanmar people can easily get fish for dishes by just fishing in the fields and ditches," said the government mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar. "In the early monsoon, large edible frogs are abundant." No aid agencies are known to have provided chocolate bars to victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma four weeks ago, leaving 133,000 people dead or missing. The World Food Program gives rice, beans and special high-energy biscuits designed to provide nutrition to people without regular food. About one million people in the worst-hit Irrawaddy Delta are still without emergency aid.

1 comment:

bobby fletcher said...

Frog is a staple of Burmese cuisine. What, when the French eat frog it's culture, but when the Burmese do it, it's crime against humanity?

The Burmese government didn't do anything Bush junta didn't do during Katrina diaster. Bush junta also refused aid workers and aid it deemed "not a priority":