Art & Design

Nov 20, 2012

Obama wins hearts in Myanmar, where sanctions still hurt

Burmese people have generally welcomed Barack Obama's visit -- but even the US President doesn't get as much applause as Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar-based journalist Victoria Bruce talks to locals.

In the dilapidated former capital of Yangon, Myanmar, a rainbow-coloured portrait of US President Barack Obama smiles benevolently across six lanes of haphazard traffic.

The first ever visit by an American president to the impoverished south-east Asian nation was met by tens of thousands of spectators yesterday, some waving flags and congratulatory banners, others just waiting until security task forces unblocked the pot-holed roads and allowed normal traffic to resume.

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