Action Needed in Myanmar
On February 1st, the country of Myanmar was thrown into conflict when the military arrested the legitimate, elected, leaders of the country and took over control. Elections showed their chosen parties losing in an embarrassing fashion, with the people choosing more democratic rule. Since that time, the military has been killing hundreds of people every day, all civilians protesting the illegal seizing of their country.
The government is acting from a place of absolute weakness. They understand that they are only able to retain power if the Chinese government fully backs them. China has much to lose, as they have a great deal of financial interest in the country and their reputation to preserve.
The amazing thing is how resilient the people have been. As the government kills more and more civilians in the streets, more people come out that day to protest. The people are staying peaceful; demanding that innocent people stop being murdered and that the government step down from a position they did not rightfully win.
We have been searching for ways to support the people who are dying for their cause, and we have been able to put together some tangible opportunities to help. Currently, networks of medical students, civil groups and others are coordinating to help save lives in the midst of the conflict. They are rushing gunshot victims to emergency care, helping to evacuate people in danger and providing support to the families that lose loved ones.
The people doing this work don’t have to. They instead could try to flee in hopes of preserving their own futures. However, day after day they are dying in the streets with the hope of helping their people survive with freedom. They are willing to risk their lives for freedom and democracy.
We have been able to assess the needs and are responding this week. We are preparing training for all the people helping in the streets and villages. We are training them in combat trauma care, how to keep people alive and effective ways of transporting them to capable care. We are supplying them with the necessary kits to stop bleeding and provide first aid.
We are also working hard to get their story into international media, as we know that their situation will drastically change when there is pressure on the states that are enabling this massacre to happen.
We have started two campaigns today, one for medical care and training and the other for support to victims and their families. Please join us today in being one of the few lifelines that these brave people can rely on.
(CAUTION: You may find some of the following pictures disturbing)
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