Thursday, May 27, 2010

Everything is Broken

On May 2, 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in Burma, wreaking untold havoc, and leaving the official toll of 138,000 dead and missing. In the days that followed , the sheer scale of the disaster became apparent as information began to seep out of the hard-hit delta area. But the Burmese regime, in an unfathomable decision of near-genocidal proportions, provided little relief and blocked international aid from coming into the country. Hundreds of Burmese citizens lacked food, drinking water and basic shelter, but the xenophobic generals who ruled the country refused emergency help.

In the book, Everything is Broken, A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma, by Emma Larkin who had been traveling to and secretly reporting on Burma for years, managed to arrange a tourist visa in those frenzied days and arrived hoping to help. What she discovered during her time there is chronicled in this book. It is sad and tragic to learn of the international aid that was launched by so many countries willing to help and sadly turned away by the government of Burma. Meanwhile people went hungry, and bodies lay decomposing in the water ways, while the survivors scrambled for any available help from the kindness of strangers and people working together to survive.

This book was an eye opening account of just how strict some countries can be and how the military runs the country and does what is best for them instead of helping the people. Bribes were common and while the death count continued to rise daily, the government staged theatrical performances for the local news and media to report that things in Burma were not as severe as previously thought. It is a sad reminder that unlike the United States, the basic human rights are still being overlooked.

I would highly recommend this book as a true account of what happened to a little known country that was devastated by a natural disaster. While the world intervenes in some countries we did little to help the people of Burma in the wake of being at war in Iraq.

I was provided with this book compliments of TLC Book Tours and once again would recommend it to anyone looking for true stories of our earth’s history. I can only hope that as more people become aware of these situations like Burma, North Korea and even China, that basic human rights can not continue to be overlooked.

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Denise said...

Sounds like a good book.

Divine Mrs D said...

Asia is very close to my heart since my parents live in Hong Kong. Many of the volunteer groups were stuck in the Hong Kong airport, waiting for the go ahead to help...which they never got. Heartbreaking.

techranger said...

So many good books... so little time. Sounds like another to add to my ever growing list... :) I might add... so many need help and our prayers... we must do what we can do with God's help and through His will.

Barbara said...

Wow that sounds like a wonderful book, I am going to get it, thanks for the post, hugs an blessings, Barbara♥

Andrea said...

Great review!

Heckety said...

My Great Uncle was Governor of Burma during the war so its one of the places our family has always kept an interest in. The aftermath of this disaster was truly appalling, and the refusal of aid seems inhuman to the likes of us Westerners.

beastmomma said...

I, too, hope that people continue to increase awareness of knowledge of what is happening in other countries. Books are such a good way to transport you somewhere else and to educate you. In case you are interested, here is my review:

Anonymous said...

There have been some great reviews of this book on the tour - I'm glad you enjoyed it as well, even though it isn't necessarily a pleasant read.