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Burma: the Basics



An overview of Burma.

An overview of Burma.



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  • BURMA: a beautiful but little-known country in south-east Asia
  • 5,000 miles from Britain, it has borders with five countries and the Indian Ocean
  • Burma’s cities – including the capital Rangoon (Yangon) – lie on the great plains; these are surrounded by mountains and jungle
  • Teenagers The streets of the capital are as busy and diverse as any country
  • Music - Karaoke Many people from Burma love Karaoke
  • River - Irawaddy The huge Irawaddy river runs through Burma from north to south
  • Rice is the staple food; curry is eaten daily
  • Food in Burma is cooked fresh and fast
  • Cafes Burma has a strong culture of tea shops and cafes.
  • The people of Burma are massively diverse in terms of ethnicity and language. Many minority groups live in the mountainous areas above the plains.
  • In religious terms, most people in Burma are Buddhist, some are Christian or Muslim
  • Weather – kids & monsoons The monsoon season brings with it torrential rains and flooding everywhere.
  • Burma is poor Most people in Burma are poor; the World Food Program estimates over a third of children don’t get the food they need
  • History: colonial rule by Britain From the late 1800s to 1948 Burma used to be one of Britain’s colonies
  • The military have governed Burma since 1962 when they took over to bring stability to the country after independence.
  • Freedoms The military sees itself as the saviour and friend of the people of Burma
  • Aung San Suu Kyi was elected leader of Burma in 1990 but was never allowed to govern.
  • She has been under house arrest for 15 of the last 20 years. Recently she was released again.
  • A bookseller in Burma. Books critical of the government or supportive of democracy are banned.
  • Education in Burma is very basic. There are a few universities, which are sometimes shut down because of student activity.
  • People who record footage of dissent risk arrest by the military
  • Some of those who provided footage for the film‘Burma VJ’ are now in prison
  • Amnesty International and the Burma Campaign UK estimate 2,200 people remain in Burma’s prisons because of their beliefs.
  • Independence – Ne Win Many of the minority ethnic groups in Burma have been forced to flee as refugees
  • Many now live in refugee camps on Burma’s borders
  • Monks In 2007 Burmese monks led protests against the Military, which brought worldwide attention.
  • heat The protests were stopped by the Military.
  • Some ‘western’ countries still invest in Burma, though many companies have pulled out due to pressure from campaign groups
  • Travel & Tourism Many celebrities have taken up the cause of the people of Burma
  • Burma in numbers...