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Convoy of Hope Continues to Aid Cyclone Victims in Myanmar


After the devastating cyclone that hit Southeast Asia last May, a local non-profit humanitarian organization continues to aid the country of Myanmar. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

Convoy of Hope is one of the few American humanitarian organizations allowed to aid the victims of a cyclone that ravaged Myanmar in May.

The Myanmar or Burmese government is only allowing some organizations access to the destruction and victims.

Convoy of Hope sent a team to Bangkok, Thailand last Friday to make sure aid supplies are getting into Myanmar.

The non-profit organization has set up a staging area for food and supplies in Bangkok.

Kenton Moody is the International Director for Convoy of Hope.

He recently returned from Thailand as part of the Convoy of Hope team.

"One is not always sure from day to day, what the next day or the next week holds so that's why we have built our response on whether we're there or not the supplies are going in and the help is getting distributed. Us being there is just an added bonus to those that are working," Moody said.

Convoy of Hope has sent 10,000 water purification units to insure that the victims have clean drinking water.

He says the salt water has destroyed Myanmar's rice farms, which was their main source of food.

"It also destroyed the first crops that were growing, so they are expecting for the next six to nine months needed food aid. So, Convoy of Hope has already shipped over a million meals to the country," Moody said.

Moody says less than half of the victims have received any kind of aid, so Convoy of Hope will continue to aid those people.

"We've made a commitment to help in Myanmar for the next six to nine months and also we've made a longer term commitment there are about 2.5 million Burmese refugees along the Thai border in refugee camps living in very difficult conditions and we've made a longer term commitment to help there as well," Moody said.

He says the focus shouldn't be on how many people were killed, but on how many people are alive and need help.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.

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  • Convoy of Hope