Our Work in Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar has been plagued by prolonged political turmoil, hardship and unrest, and, as a result, has become a very impoverished nation. Many of its people live in very oppressive conditions under the heavy rule of its hard-line military government. Human trafficking is commonplace, whether it’s sexual exploitation, forced child labor or child soldiers.
To make matters worse, on May 3, 2008, the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s history happened. Cyclone Nargis left a reported 200,000 people dead or missing with the total cost of damages reaching $10 billion (USD). The UN estimates that up to 1 million people were left homeless from this disaster alone.