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Condolences to Myanmar cyclone victims

06 May 2008

Myanmar Council of Churches

WCC Member Churches in Myanmar

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It was with great distress and sadness that we received the news about the worst hit of the devastating tropical cyclone Nargis in Myanmar during the last weekend, which caused a death toll of about 15,000 people and missing of another thirty thousand people in the affected areas of the country.

On behalf of the World Council of Churches, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the people of Myanmar who are undergoing the tragic and traumatic experiences due to the loss of thousands of lives and the disappearance of numerous people. Please convey our expression of deepest sympathy and solidarity to the grieving families of the victims and all those affected by this calamity.

While your country and people are undergoing this serious crisis, I assure all members of the Myanmar Council of Churches and WCC member churches in Myanmar that the WCC is committed and ready to contribute in any possible manner to overcome the catastrophic impact of this natural disaster and in alleviating the sufferings of the affected victims in your country. The humanitarian aid arm of the WCC and its member churches, Action by Churches Together (ACT) initiated a process to mobilize its members in various countries to extend all possible humanitarian assistance to the people in affected areas in the coming days. At the same time I do hope that the Myanmar government will give easy access and provide necessary assistance to international aid workers and humanitarian aid agencies to facilitate relief operations in affected areas in Myanmar.

We sincerely pray to Almighty God to bestow mercy on all those who are suffering now and grant divine comfort and consolation to the bereaved families at this time of their immense trial and grief.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
WCC general secretary