Rich in minerals and natural resources, Burma was once
one of the largest rice-producing countries in the world. It was
known by its neighbors as "the breadbasket of Southeast Asia."
With the largest and best supply of rubies and sapphires in the
world, Burma was surely destined to be a major economic world
But what happened?
As a result of mismanagement of the SLORC, Burma has
now shamefully degraded into a state of chaos and poverty,
earning the UN's harsh distinction as one of the LDC's -
least developed countries in the world. To become an LDC by
UN standards, a country must have a low income, weak
human resources, and a low level of economic diversification
What's even more shameful is that the UN council acknowledges
the Republic of Myanmar, thus recognizing the SLORC as the
legitimate government of Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi's efforts in bringing international attention
to the inhumanity in her homeland have been recognized
by many nations around the world.
Three of the most prominent nations that have supported
Suu Kyi's cause are Ireland, England, and the United
States. Other nations in southeast Asia have also joined
in this protest against the poor treatment of Burmese
citizens by the SLORC.
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Suu Kyi's international impact: