Burmese troops began evicting destitute families sheltered in cyclone relief centers and insisted there was no need for foreign relief foods because the Burmese people were perfectly capable of existing by hunting and eating “large edible frogs.” The New Light of Myanmar, the government mouthpiece, warned people that foreign relief workers would snoop inside their homes and condemned donor nations for linking aid money to gaining full access to the hardest-hit regions of the nation. The tirade against the outside world came as the Myanmar government tightened its grip by extending th arrest of Augn San Suu Kyi who leads the opposition democratic movement.
A government spokesman while visiting a center housing victims of the cyclone, told the press, “it is better that they move to their homes where they are more stable. Here, they are rely on on donations and it is not stable.” The government in many cases is handing out about 15 poles to a family and telling them to return home and build a house with the poles. The military junta is bewildered that people would actually want to eat rice when there are plenty of frogs around to feed them. However, one can assume the frog food is not ordinarily on the menu of junta feasts.
The government newspaper insists the Burmese people “are capable enough of rising from such natural diasters even if they are not provided with international assistance.”
Such is the attitude of leaders of a nation. One can only express sorrow for the people of Myanmar who must exist in such a world.