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