For decades, the Burmese military has prioritised military spending over health spending, leaving Burma in a very weak position to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Treating those that get ill, and the economic consequences of any lockdown, will be a major challenge for Burma’s government.
But at the same time, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is making it even harder for some of the most vulnerable people in the country to receive aid and life-saving information.
Victims of attacks by the Burmese military, people forced to flee their homes and who lost everything, are being hit by a double blow of government restrictions on the aid they can get, and not enough aid from international donors, including the UK.
Please email Britain’s Department for International Development asking them to take urgent action to help those most at risk at this time of crisis.