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Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a Southeast Asian country with a population of about 54 million. It gained independence from Britain in 1948, but has faced political turmoil and ethnic conflicts ever since.
Myanmar’s capital is Nay Pyi Taw, which was built by the former junta in 2005 as a new administrative center. The country’s largest city and former capital is Yangon, which is home to the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. Myanmar has a diverse geography, with mountains, plains, deltas and coasts. It is rich in natural resources, such as jade, gems, oil and gas, but remains one of the poorest countries in Asia. Its main religion is Buddhism, but it also has Christian, Muslim and Hindu minorities. It has more than 100 ethnic groups, each with its own culture and language. The official language is Myanmar (Burmese), but many other languages are spoken as well.
It was ruled by a military junta from 1962 to 2011, which suppressed dissent and violated human rights. A democratic transition began in 2010, leading to the election of a civilian government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 2015. However, the military still wielded considerable power and influence over the country’s affairs.
In 2017, the military launched a brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state, forcing more than half a million people to flee to Bangladesh. The international community condemned the violence as ethnic cleansing and genocide. In February 2021, the military staged a coup and detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected leaders, claiming fraud in the 2020 elections. The coup sparked widespread protests and civil disobedience, which were met with lethal force by the security forces. More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands arrested since the coup, according to human rights groups. The country is now facing a humanitarian crisis, with shortages of food, medicine and fuel.
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