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Burmese Dissidents Call for Better Access for Aid Workers


A group of prominent leaders of Burma's unsuccessful 1988 pro-democracy movement has urged the military government there to allow humanitarian aid to reach the nation's needy.

In a statement Tuesday, the group said the government needs to create a more welcoming environment to attract aid for health and education, and to make sure it reaches those who need it the most.

Last month the United Nations Global Fund cut its aid to Burma because of travel restrictions on aid workers. The Burmese government protested the cut.

Reports say Burma has hundreds of thousands of people infected with HIV/AIDS, and one of the highest tuberculosis infection rates in the world. Thousands of Burmese die of malaria each year.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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