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Military Junta blocks new aid and insists on constitutional referendum despite cyclone disaster
Sunday May 11th, 2008
Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pepe Escobar writes The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online. He has reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China. He is the author of the recently published Red Zone Blues. Pepe is a regular analyst for The Real News Network.
Voting in Myanmar’s referendum goes ahead
Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng reports from the town of Myawaddy in Myanmar, where people are voting in the referendum that has gone ahead despite the recent devastation.
Many are illiterate and therefore can not read or understand the constitution, however despite the lack of understanding, one family still plans to vote ‘no’.
Myanmar’s struggle to rebuild communities
Al Jazeera’s correspondent reports on the survivors of the Myanmar disaster and how they are rallying together to rebuild their communities.
The only thing victims can do now is fend for themselves. Now, with entire communities completely destroyed by the cyclone people are seeking shelter wherever they can.
One monastery in the south Myanmar is being used – even though it does not have a roof.