Saturday, October 29, 2011

Who are Burma's minority groups?

More than 40% of people living in Burma belong to one of the military-ruled nation's different minority groups. The government recognises eight distinct ethnic groups, with dozens of sub-groups, but refuses to acknowledge others

As the country holds its first elections in 20 years, the BBC profiles some of the main minority groups. Click on each image to find out more.

Map showing Burma ethnic diversity
Update 28 October 2011: The map on this story has been updated to include a section on the Rakhine people. We have also changed the text to make a distinction between ethnic groups and minority groups.

source: BBC

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