Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by People's Republic of China on the north-east, Laos on the east, Thailand on the south-east, Bangladesh on the west, India on the north-west and the Bay of Bengal to the south-west with the Andaman Sea defining its southern periphery.
The country's culture, heavily influenced by neighbors, is based on Theravada Buddhism intertwined with local elements. Burma's diverse population has played a major role in defining its politics, history and demographics in modern times, and the country continues to struggle to mend its ethnic tensions. The military has dominated government since General Ne Win led a coup in 1962 that toppled the civilian government of U Nu. Burma remains under the tight control of the military-led State Peace and Development Council.
Chin Refugees in Malaysia (Part 2)
Chin refugees buy time in Malaysia, waiting for resettlement in a safe country. While they wait, they get arrested, again, and again.Chin refugees buy time in Malaysia, waiting for resettlement in a safe country. While they wait, they get arrested, again, and again.
Chin refugees in Malaysia (Part 1)
The dead corpses of two mangled Chin babies represent the hopeless desperation of people fleeing Burma. Burma’s citizens stow away in the trunks of cars or hide their children on overloaded fishing boats, giving all of their worldly possessions to pirates and human traffickers in the often vane hope of reaching a foreign country, that would give them refuge until they could be permanently resettled in a land of safety, the US, Canada, Australia, or western Europe.
About This Campaign
This campaign is inspired by Antonio Graceffo who writes to us regularly on Burma matters and whose articles on Burma we publish in addition to others. Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author from Brooklyn, New York living in Asia. He is the author of the book, “The Monk from Brooklyn” and the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.