Whatever else you do while you're in Myanmar, be sure to save time for wandering around downtown Yangon. You might see a nat house, a shrine that's home to diverse universe of spirits worshiped in Myanmar.
Myanmar Myanmar's Delta used to be an agricultural powerhouse -- exporting more rice than any other country in the world. But five decades of mismanagement under a military government and 2008's Cyclone Nargis, which killed 150,000 and ravaged farms, left many residents struggling to get by.
In Myanmar, there are hard truths that keep people here poor. It's difficult to reach schools and hospitals. And even with micro-finance programs, it's hard to build up farms. So is Myanmar's drastic political changes having any effect?
Many monasteries in Myanmar were shuttered or suppressed over the years by the ruling military government. New Democratic reforms, though, are allowing many to reopen, which may be leading to a new dynamic in the relationship between the religious and the government.
About a half million people in Myanmar, also known as Burma, devote their lives to Buddhist practice and live in monasteries. Bruce Wallace has the story of two monks who are about to "graduate" and are trying to figure out what's next for them.
There is deep concern over a sharp spike in communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. It started a few months ago in western Myanmar, also known as Burma, but has spread to the central part of the country.
Myanmar is lurching through its transition from military dictatorship to almost-democracy. As it does, tensions between religious groups are increasing. After two Muslim boys died in a fire at their school, the country is on edge.
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