Burma’s Children: A Generation Sacrificed

Burma’s population is young: the under 14s represent approximately 25
percent of the population, and the under 18s around 40 percent. The
country’s ruling military dictatorship has made no effort to prioritise child
development and well-being, however. The Burmese government allocates
over 40 percent of the state budget to its army– when no outside threat exists
– leaving a mere pittance for such key sectors as education and health care.
Consequently, these two public sectors are now seriously underperforming
and are subsidised by citizens themselves, when they are already some of the
world’s poorest.

An overview of the impact of human and trade union rights abuses on the situation of children in Burma

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