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Myanmar and Iraq most generous countries






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Myanmar has changed since becoming a democracy. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has just stated Myanmar has the world's most generous people, for the third successive year. The CAF "World Giving Index" found that 91 per cent of Myanmar residents gave to charity in the past year. A government spokesman said this showed: How a 'poor' country can be a 'rich' one through its generosity, by focusing on giving rather than getting."

The report also found that people in Iraq are the kindest to strangers. The BBC said this was significant. It wrote: "It is the kindness of Iraqis…to complete strangers in the face of years of conflict and terrible violence which stands out in the list." The CAF said the generosity of people in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil was "truly humbling". It added: "Unconditional gifts of time and money are a life-changing force for good in the world."

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