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Burma: One Year After the Deadly Storm

On the eve of May 2, 2008, Cyclone Nargis ripped through the Burmese delta killing 100,000 and leaving millions more homeless. A year on, our correspondent in the region, who has made a number of clandestine reporting trips into Burma, takes the measure of recovery in the devastated area and finds tent cities and surprising pockets of renewal. He also travels to the mysterious city of Naypyidaw, the new multibillion-dollar capital still under construction and home to the reclusive generals. Security is so tight and the government so secretive about its new center of power that filming in Naypyidaw can land you in prison for three years. Safely out, he shares his impressions and footage with iWitness.


Alethea Summers - Fairfax Station, Virginia
In September 1988, the military rejected the leader of Burma General Ne Win, and established a new ruling junta. The junta then refused to hand over power after losing the 1990 multiparty legislative election to the National League for Democracy, who had won a landslide victory. The autocratic military junta retains power to this day. It is always a sad thing to see people of a country have no representation within its leadership. It is especially disheartening to see the rulers of Burma spend billions of dollars on their own personal projects while the people are forced to live in ramshackle shacks built out of donated tarps and scraps. The man from the refugee village said in his interview that they do not have enough food. It breaks my heart knowing the food wasted around the world could save lives in places like the devastated delta in Burma. I bet the generals who head the junta are so wrapped up in themselves that they do not even realize that places like these shanty towns exist just miles away from their shiny new million dollar city.