Slowly, the army eases its grip

Published on 05 November 2010

NO MATTER who you vote for, as a wag once wrote, the government always gets in. (..) The World Food Programme, which has sporadic access to some of the worst areas, estimates that the vast majority of people have to spend over 75% of their income on food. The Harvard study reported that cooking oil was being sold by the spoonful to those who could not afford a larger measure. In Asia only Afghanistan has a higher rate of child mortality. Almost one in ten children in Myanmar do not make it to five.

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