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August 19, 2009
Burmese orphans fend for themselves after Cyclone Nargis

American John Yettaw headed home on Wednesday after two days of medical treatments in Thailand and three months under arrest in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

He was sentenced to seven years of hard labor after he swam across a lake to the home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, claiming he was on a divine mission.

Yettaw’s release was engineered by U.S. Senator Jim Webb, who was allowed a rare visit to secretive Myanmar.

PBS Wide Angle’s “Eyes of the Storm” provides a glimpse inside the country, focusing on children who were orphaned by Cyclone Nargis last year — a storm that killed more than 130,000 people and left millions homeless.

Watch the full film and find more information at the Wide Angle website.

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[…] Burmese orphans fend for themselves after Cyclone Nargis […]

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What about the plight of refugees whose ethnicity enables the junta to push the helpless in the direction of Bangladesh which is unprepared even for minimal assistance?

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