the Harvard Burma Action Movement and YoMa restaurant will be holding a fundraiser to support disaster relief efforts in Burma, following the cyclone that is the biggest natural disaster to happen in Asia since the tsunami. According to the New York Times, the cyclone killed between 3,900 and 15,000 people, and another 30,000 went missing.
“Stories get worse by the hour,” one Yangon resident, who did not want to be identified for fear of government retribution, said in an e-mail message. “No drinking water in many areas, still no power. Houses completely disappeared. Refugees scavenging for food in poorer areas. Roofing, building supplies, tools — all are scarce and prices skyrocketing on everything.” (see: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/world/asia/06myanmar.html)
As one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia and ranked 190 out of 191 countries in its ability to provide healthcare (World Health Organization), Burma is especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of the cyclone.
We will be selling Burmese art, professionally designed t-shirts from Heroics clothing company, and handmade crafts to fund relief efforts.
Please go to YoMA restaurant on May 10th:
5 N Beacon St
(between Brighton Ave & Cambridge St)
Allston, MA 02134 (617) 783-1372
More pictures of damages in Yangon are below