MYANMAR: ARCHBISHOP BO (YANGON), "DON’T FORGET US". INVITATION TO THE POPE

"Don’t forget the population of Myanmar”: a simple but meaningful appeal made by Msgr. Charles Bo, archbishop of Yangon, visiting the seat of Caritas Internationalis in Rome to take stock of reconstruction after the devastation caused by tornado Nargis last May, causing about 115-200,000 dead and 2 million refugees. In an interview with SIR (old.agensir.it), the archbishop of Yangon said that, in the last few months, he met Benedict XVI at the Vatican privately; during the meeting, he invited him to visit Myanmar. The dioceses suffering more damage from Nargis, in the area of the Irrawaddy river delta, were exactly those of Yangon and Pathein. "We were not prepared to face the tornado, the people were not informed – he said -. For us, it was a remarkable challenge. For a certain period, for political reasons, the government did not allow foreign humanitarian aids to enter the country; therefore, at the beginning, the emergency was hard to overcome. However, after two or three weeks, the situation improved thanks to the arrival of non-profit organizations, who were registered by the government and could thus bring aids in. Now, the government and the non-profit organizations are collaborating for reconstructing houses, for food and, on the whole, to support everyday life. The situation is improving, and the government is ready to receive aids in the form of goods”. (To be continued)

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