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Photographer Nevada Wier in the field.
Photographer Nevada Wier in the field.

People-to-people aid to Myanmar

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By the Myanmar junta's own count, at least 134,000 people are dead or missing after a cyclone three weeks ago. The U.N. says up to 2.5 million survivors are hungry and homeless and there are worries about disease outbreaks. The ruling generals have restricted visas for foreign aid workers and barred foreigners in the country from visiting affected areas. Still, there are non-governmental efforts, the Red Cross and Red Crescent, other NGOs...and those of individual people. North Creek residents Woody and Elise Widlund found one of the smallest and most personal aid pipelines. In five trips to Myanmar with Nevada Wier, a photographer who specializes in taking pictures of indigenous people living in traditional ways, they've visited villages that had not seen westerners in 20 to 30 years. They've made friends, including Phyo, who's now out on the Irrawaddy delta, delivering supplies bought in part by an e-mail network of people like the Widlunds in North Creek. Martha Foley spoke with Woody Widlund yesterday. He said the key link in the chain is Nevada Weir, who forwarded news from Phyo a couple days ago.
(Nevada Wier, PO Box 8032, Santa Fe, NM 87504.)

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