The situation in Myanmar seems to grow no better, now two weeks after being devastated by Tropical Cyclone Nargis.
Save the Children, an aid group working in Myanmar, warned this weekend that thousands of children will starve in a few short weeks if the nation's military junta doesn't allow more access to more international workers.
The junta, meanwhile, has steadfastly refused access to all but supplies. Naval vessels from the world's major powers sit near to port, but can't deliver. Nonprofit groups stand willing to send in legions of volunteers and staff.
The government has allowed in some aid from neighboring countries like China. China, dealing with its own humanitarian catastrophe courtesy of a powerful earthquake and its aftershocks, also stands as the elephant in the room when it comes to international negotiations on Myanmar. The United Nations Security Council could vote to effectively invade Myanmar to deliver relief, but China would veto it, and Myanmar is doing all it can to do just enough to keep that vote from happening. This morning, diplomats said a handful of foreign aid workers will be invited to tour the Irrawaddy River Delta region and view firsthand the military's relief effort. A similar tour this weekend by U.N. officials was viewed largely as a PR stunt.
Meanwhile, the count of dead or missing has reached 134,000, making it the deadliest natural disaster since the tsunami in 2004.
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