The following is from Jason Gatties’ campaign website:
First, please read the following info, courtesy of www.uscampaignforburma.org:
On Friday May 2, Cyclone Nargis hit southwestern Burma (Myanmar) with winds at speeds of 120 mph. Five divisions in Burma have been declared national disaster areas – Pegu, Irrawaddy, Rangoon, Mon and Karen. The numbers of those affected continues to skyrocket. It has been hard to estimate the death toll because it has been impossible to get access to some of the worst hit areas- but as of right the numbers range from 80,000 to 130,000 dead, with hundreds of thousand missing and millions displaced. Many older Burmese are saying this is the worst storm they have ever seen and international media is claiming this to be the worst natural disaster in Asia since the 2004 tsunami.
The Myanmar government has prevented most foreign aid and many people are homeless and starving. I have a love for the people of Burma & Tibet, so this nightmare has hit home with me. For those of you who may be considering a donation to my campaign this weekend, I ask that you give money towards Burma’s disaster relief instead. Any amount of money could mean a world of difference. Now unfortunately, due to the paranoid nature of the Myanmar regime, I can’t guarantee that the aid will find its way to the people, but I hold out hope that it will.
If you would like to donate to help the cyclone victims in Burma, please click here.