MYANMAR - Poverty Due to Civil War

Arno Froese

Once considered among the most promising economies in Southeast Asia with a growing middle class, Myanmar is now suffering from soaring levels of poverty as a devastating civil war drives tens of millions further into destitution, according to a new United Nations report. 

In 2016, the country had the region’s fastest-growing economy, according to the Asian Development Bank, and between 2011 and 2019 Myanmar’s economy grew by an average 6% a year, World Bank figures showed.

But the 2021 military coup, which overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, plunged the country into instability and violence, and—coupled with the Covid pandemic—reversed that progress. 

Foreign investment in the country has sharply declined and the number of unemployed people who have migrated abroad has significantly increased. 

The report found that Myanmar’s GDP has not been able to recover from the 18% drop it suffered in 2021 due to the double shock of the political crisis and pandemic. 

“We had never seen the big urban areas move so fast into distress. So areas around Yangon and Mandalay are hurting really hard,” said Kanni Wignaraja, secretary-general and UN Development Program regional director for Asia., 12 April 2024

Arno's Commentary

The country formerly known as Burma was under British colonial rule from 1824 to 1948.

With a population of 55 million people and a life expectancy of 70.3 years, its per capita GDP is only $4,200. The majority, 87.9% of the population, are listed as Buddhist, with 6.2% Christian. 

Myanmar is experiencing the words of Jesus in Luke 21:10: “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

If you do not have Myanmar on your prayer list, please add it. Our Lord and Master is building His Church on all continents, until the fullness of the gentiles comes in. Then the perfected spiritual temple will be raptured into the presence of the Lord.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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