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July 29, 2010 / suburbanxisle

From the Other Side of the World

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On May 2, 2008, a massive cyclone virtually decimated Burma. On the other side of the world, we were just days away from going to print, but I knew that this was an important story that had to go in the June/July issue. Together with the associate managing editor, I directed a package of stories told from those on the ground in Burma. We were fortunate to know a freelance writer near Burma who contributed a full report on the military regime’s deplorable response to its own people in the wake of the destruction. We also contacted a human rights activist who had traveled there to build schools and a World Vision employee who both contributed eyewitness accounts.

We also included a sidebar on how our readers could help, even from thousands of miles away.

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