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Time to put aside their pride

PUBLISHED: 11:12 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:20 05 July 2010

IT'S said that pride is the crutch of the insecure and I guess that's true to an extent.

When we could really do with a helping hand there are occasionally times when, due to being too proud or wanting to appear completely self-sufficient, we just don't take the help that's offered.

IT'S said that pride is the crutch of the insecure and I guess that's true to an extent.

When we could really do with a helping hand there are occasionally times when, due to being too proud or wanting to appear completely self-sufficient, we just don't take the help that's offered. This is understandable sometimes, especially when on a small scale. But when you have an entire country depending on you in a time of crisis, it really isn't a time to be struggling along the road of independence.

The horrific news of last week's cyclone in Burma shocked the world and the death toll continues to climb.

In the aftermath of one of the most terrifying natural disasters the modern world has ever seen, experts are claiming that the number of lives lost could soon reach 100,000.

Although numbers are already extremely high hope exists in the fact that lives could be saved if aid reaches the survivors of the catastrophe.

You would think that this would be a very simple thing with nations willing to assist those affected and the people who need it most readily accepting any help coming their way. However, this doesn't seem to be the case for the Burmese government.

The officials in charge of running the country seem to be some of the most secretive individuals on the planet and are not even saying the true number of lives lost.

With respect, perhaps this just isn't known and is something that has been confused amongst the chaos.

What I can't understand is that despite big countries such as India, the USA and the UK offering money and aid, the officials in Burma seem to not want it, as if they simply don't want any outsiders getting involved. They have this week approved a UN aid supply, but still seem to be making it difficult for others to help.

At times I agree that it is right to go it alone, as ultimately you learn and grow from it. But this is only when it's just you that's affected. When an entire nation is depending on you and their lives are literally in the balance, it's time to put pride aside and get your priorities right.

Despite all the news stories beamed into our homes every evening, I don't think we could ever imagine the full scale if what has happened in Burma. Although the storms have subsided, the results of this tragedy are sure to be evident for years to come.

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