Myanmar Children Displaced by CycloneThe nation of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is suffering through the aftermath of a cyclone that has killed 3,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, and has left over 10,000 people displaced and homeless.

In the wake of this natural disaster, aid that has been sent to the people of Myanmar has been intercepted by the country’s ruling junta who has seized all materials sent by the U.N.’s World Food Program, resulting in the U.N. to suspend further shipments of food until the matter has been resolved.

WFP spokesman Paul Risley relays “The food aid and equipment that we managed to get in has been confiscated,” including 38 tons of high-energy biscuits.

While governments and agencies around the world are waiting for a shift in the situation, voice actors in North America have banded together as in the past to bring critical messages to the people of the world centered on the welfare of the children who have been affected by this devastating natural disaster.

Organizing voice talent, Peter K. O’Connell, pleaded “If you directly know any radio station or television station program directors, internet radio stations or podcasters, please direct them to the website where they can download a free :60 or :30 PSA or email them the spots or scripts (if they want to record spots with their own voice talent, God bless ‘em!).”

Several years ago when Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, O’Connell was the first to develop as PSA campaign that made a significant impact regarding awareness of how Katrina had clobbered the landscape and its people, directing those who listened to the PSA to give generously to the American Red Cross.

As O’Connell pointed out, public service announcements don’t do any good if they aren’t played. In order for people to respond to the call to action, they first need to hear the message.

“Please promote the availability of these spots within whatever professional network you are a part of and encourage their use to help raise money the people in Myanmar who have been so terribly distressed,” O’Connell concluded.

Source: Peter K. O’Connell



  1. Stephanie:

    Thank you so much for helping to publicize the PSA’s. We’re hopeful many more folks will get them passed on to media in their area via the power of the internet. I’m already aware of a number of podcasters who’ve included a PSA in their shows and a number of broadcasters have them on their computers and hopefully soon on the air.

    News from the Swiss indicated that as of about 3:30 p.m. ET the United Nations was going to resume relief efforts so maybe some deal has been struck with the government to stop the looting.

    In any case, I’m grateful for your help.

    Best always,
    – Peter


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