THE PCIJ’s Tita Valderama was among five journalists from Southeast Asia who were able to enter Myanmar (still Burma to pro-democracy groups) from Bangkok on tourist visas for five days last week from May 1 to 5. They happened to be in Yangon (Rangoon) a day before, and two days after, the “killer” cyclone wrought so much damage and disaster.

By Monday night, the death toll was reported to have climbed to at least 10,000, even as the former capital is now littered with fallen trees and electric posts. Several houses and hospitals lost roofs while thousands, or maybe millions, of poor people in about 30 coastal villages have been rendered homeless.

Below are images Tita surreptitiously took using her digital camera, an act that was not without its dangers given that the military government does not allow foreign journalists to enter the country.

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Read her first-person account of the tragedy.

See also op-ed piece of Roby Alampay, SEAPA executive director.

4 Responses to Burma in tatters



May 6th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

“There are moments in history when brooding tragedy and its dark shadows can be lightened by recalling great moments of the past”. (Indira Gandhi).

Unfortunately, Myanmar or Burma, like the poor country of ours, has no “great moments in the past” to relish on and ligthen her present despair.



May 10th, 2008 at 10:05 am

Aid workers are denied of Visa by the military Junta in Ragoon. I hope that the ruling military Junta should realized the immediacy of the situation. It is vital that its people should have accessed into international aide offered by other countries. They should not be selective with regard to this. Foreign aide should all be allowed because this is what people of Burma badly needed this time.

The ruling government of Burma is obsessed with power and would most like do whatever is possible to cling to its power at the expense of its people. The regulation of international aide evidently shows this paranoia within the Burmese ruling military junta.



May 11th, 2008 at 1:29 pm


Burma’s rich history:

The Philippines’ rich history:

Read up before trying to come up with one logical fallacy after the other just to espouse your bitter world-view.



May 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

The most you read are propaganda. History is written by the victors and therefore a propaganda for victors. Both countries were led by duplicitous politicians and military leaders (during Marcos, by the martial law apparatus).

One spark of heroism in the past in these two countries do not make an argument that both have illustrious past worthy of recollections to lighten up their present-day despair.

If you think that the P.I. is great, fine. Others like me think that we have yet to achieve greatness!!!

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