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Burmese film stars to take aid to Irrawaddy delta

May 13, 2008 (DVB)‚ Celebrities from the Burmese film world are planning to give assistance to cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta and have appealed to the world community and the people of Burma help in any way they can.

Sources from the Burmese film industry said well-known faces such as actor Kyaw Thu, Zaganar, Lwin Moe, Lu Min and actress May Than Nu have donated much-needed aid supplies such as food and medicine for cyclone victims in Rangoon division and the Irrawaddy delta.

Popular script writer Zaw Thet Htway and film director Mike Tee told DVB the celebrities are now drawing up plans to go out to victims in Irrawaddy delta themselves and to donate aid in person.

"We are planning to load up drinking water, rice, cooking oil, medicine and clothing onto a truck and bring them to the cyclone victims," said Zaw Thet Htway.

"If we are stopped [by local authorities] on our way, we will take another route to make sure the victims receive our aid."

Director Mike Tee said they were only doing what they could.

"Even normal civilians are flocking to the Irrawaddy delta to help out the victims so why shouldn't we do the same as we all are the same human beings," said Mike Tee.

Actress May Than Nu said she was happy to help out the cyclone victims in any way she could.

"In this situation, there is no such thing as celebrities and normal citizens , we are all humans," said May Than Nu.

"I feel so sad to see all these people suffer and I want to help out more than this, but this is all I can do for now."

Reporting by Htet Yazar

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