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Burma: Blogs Track Nargis Aftermath June 2, 2008

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Journalism, News, Social Media.
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The cyclone that hit Burma on 2 May succeeded where the junta failed last September in destroying phone and Web access out of the South East Asian country. But this has not stopped Burmese exiles and people in Burma from posting information and stories to the Web.

First-hand accounts of the devastation continue to trickle out of Burma weeks after the disaster. Despite efforts by the ever-watchful military authorities to suppress reports on the aftermath of the cyclone, many blogs and news sites have now emerged to track the devastation.

These sites have been quick to react by posting vivid eyewitness accounts of the disaster and mobilising fundraising efforts. The Mizzima news site, based in India and run by Burmese exiles has been carrying interviews with survivors who tell harrowing tales of life after the storm.

Eyewitness reports are available on exile Burmese news sites such as Yoma3 and blogs by the Burmese diaspora such as Fear from Freedom and the US-based Golden Colour Revolution, run by Ko Moe Thee, a well-known student leader from the 1988 uprising.

The Irrawwady keeps the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis with extensive coverage. Its daily updates have attracted record numbers of readers to the site, which received more than 60 million hits in May.

Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma is a non-profit media organization run by Burmese expatriates. It makes radio and TV broadcasts aimed at providing uncensored news and information about Burma.

The Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation blog by a group of Burmese expatriates is documenting efforts to track the situation and to organise aid.

Check out Ko Htike’s Prosaic Collection which is in Burmese, or The Rule of Lords which posts regular translations of the most compelling stories from Burmese news sites.

Within Burma, blogs such as The New Era Journal and those by people such as Dr Lun Swe, and Nyi Lynn Seck and have been giving updates in Burmese from the disaster zone.

Areas affected by cyclone Nargis


Rubble of temple hit by Nargis


Rubble of temple hit by Nargis


Survivors of Nargis queue for aid


Survivors of Nargis rush for aid

Related sites:
Online Burma Library
BBC Burmese Service
Asian Human Rights Commission – Nargis page
Relief Web – Nargis page
Red Cross Red Crescent – Nargis photo gallery
Burmese Government website

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