|Economic woes in Burma, book donations
||[Aug. 20th, 2008|04:38 pm]
News from Burma with regular updates
Another way to help the Burmese...donate books or other supplies to the International Rescue Committee's offices to be given to refugees resettled into the United States or elsewhere. I just dropped off a whole box of adult and children's books I put together after finally cleaning my room this summer at their downtown Oakland office (very difficult to find and not marked from the street, please call ahead for directions.) |
International Rescue Committee
1305 Franklin St.
So far I haven't heard of any restrictions on age groups, kinds of books, etc and the gentleman took everything I gave him.
In Broken Economy, Burmese Improvise or Flee
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, August 16, 2008; A08
RANGOON, Burma -- For the crowds of young Burmese outside the Immigration and Customs Office here, the commodity of choice is a shiny, tomato-red, cardboard-stiff new passport.
One recent morning, hundreds of men and women flooded in and out of the office, located on a rickshaw-crammed boulevard, or camped under umbrellas along the sidewalk to wait for their passport applications to be processed. Some scoured billboards that listed openings in garment factories, shipyards and other workplaces in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
A pair of 22-year-olds took turns using each other's backs to fill out forms. Both said they hoped to go to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to find jobs as hotel waiters for a year, maybe two.
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