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An overview of Burma.

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    Burma: the Basics Burma: the Basics Presentation Transcript

    • 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...