Tuesday, March 28, 2006

This Week's NATIONAL ETIQUETTE AWARD goes to... Burma!

Myanmar- Wikipedia entry

Burma Daily

Myanmar- Lonely Planet

Free Burma

I hereby grant the National Etiquette Award to Burma (Myanmar), because it is customary in that country to remove shoes when entering homes.

There has been a terrible increase in the violence that has been going on in northern Burma this week. The military government is waging a war against the Karen people that amounts to genocide. Many of the Karen are Christians. It is a horrific situation.

Burma has been under military rule since 1990, when the military voided the elections and placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. The military junta maintains its hold on power through torture, murder and forced labour. It is awful to think of a government treating its people this way. However, it announced this week that it intended to move towards 'democracy'.

Opinions vary as to whether it is morally right to visit the country.

Burma is a country in which Christians are persecuted. For more information on the persecution of Christians, visit:

Barnabas Fund

Open Doors International

3 comments:

Redeemed said...

That's very interesting. I must admit, I know nothing of that country.

I visited some of your links, that is really sad, horrific, like you stated...

Kitty said...

Hey people in Hong Kong generally take off their shoes at the door too. I took her my shoes as I came from that background /culture hehe.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Kitty, I am glad they do so in Hong Kong.

Sarah, thanks for your interest. It really is awful.

God Bless

Matthew