Myanmar was for decades ruled by oppressive military junta. However, since country returned to democratic ways, things have changed. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has just stated that Myanmar is home to world's most generous people. It is third successive year for country to achieve this accolade. CAF "World Giving Index" found that 91 per cent of Myanmar residents gave money to charity in past year, 62 per cent helped stranger, and 55 per cent claimed they had volunteered. economic adviser to Myanmar's president said: "The results demonstrate very sharply how 'poor' country can be 'rich' one through its generosity, by focusing on giving rather than getting."
report also found that people in Iraq are kindest to strangers. Eight in 10 Iraqis are reported to have helped someone they don't know in past year. The BBC commented on how significant this statistic was, given turmoil Iraq has been in for years because of war. It stated that: "It is the kindness of Iraqis…to complete strangers in face of years of conflict and terrible violence which stands out in list." John Low, CEO of Charities Aid Foundation, said: "The generosity of people, even in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil, is truly humbling." He added: "Unconditional gifts of time and money are life-changing force for good in world."