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EAT: After the Storm: Voices from the Delta

March 2009

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A report coauthored by the Emergency Assistance Team (Burma) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, detailing the Burmese government's reluctance to provide aid relief to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008.

In May of 2008, the world watched in horror as evidence mounted from Burma that Cyclone Nargis had been an enormous storm resulting in great loss of life. Offers for emergency assistance poured in from around the world as the numbers of the lost and the missing rose into the tens of thousands. Yet the ruling Burmese junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), proved reluctant to accept aid or allow skilled relief workers into the flooded Irrawaddy Delta. Some ten months later, reconstruction of the Delta continues and the survivors of the storm and their communities continue to face huge challenges. Their voices, their experiences, and their eye-witness accounts of the response to Cyclone Nargis have been missing from the international debate around the relief effort. This report, After The Storm: Voices from the Delta, by the Emergency Assistance Team and its partners, is the first independent assessment of the response to bring forth the uncensored voices of survivors and independent relief workers.

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