My Burmese constituents and I had a little chuckle when we heard Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wanted to get online because many groups took her name and likeness in one form or another. What will she call her site, ‘The Real Suu Kyi Page?’ There is no question funding and support meant for her and the National League for Democracy should go directly to them now that she is out of bondage. After all, she is the duly elected leader of Burma and all funding is rightly theirs. For journalist and supporters, such as my self, who have campaigned for Aung San Suu Kyi out of pocket, the funding issue is a mote point indeed and we will continue to campaign for freedom. But there are some groups who have capitalized on Burma’s suffering and surely this will be a major loss of income…..lol
Organizations who work directly with the NLD and Suu Kyi already get their marching orders from the top so there will be little change. Now that ‘The Lady’ is back it behooves us all to show a unified front around the world and support the cause for Burma’s democracy like never before. There are other groups and agencies that depend on funding but they are mission specific such as the Free Burma Rangers and the Mae Tao Clinic who depend on funding for critical medical supplies. Other groups offer HIV and refugees assistance so they would not be affected either. I am well aware of several groups who used the crisis in Burma to lavishly improve their lifestyles and it will do my heart good to watch as these parasites disappear.
Your Devil’s Advocate