Thursday, January 24, 2008

Child mortality in Burma

I just found the Tricycle Editor's Blog, with this post about Burma and Bhutan. After the government crackdown on peaceful protests led by Buddhist monks in September, things have getting worse. Donors are cutting aid, which worsens the situation for the common person in Burma. Healthcare has been bad for years, and this has worsened - according to the Unicef State of the Children Report, up 400 children are dying every day from preventable diseases in Burma, which has a population of about 60 million people, about 1/5 the population of the US. If children were dying at the same rate in the US as in Burma, that would mean 2,000 children/ day.

2 comments:

T.R. said...

wow, staggering statistics - and haunt me more having seen those beautiful white-caked faces.

T.R. said...

I posted your story on my blog yesterday. I think its important to pass on.

TR