Jolie, Suu Kyi visit Myan­mar fe­male fac­tory

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

An­gelina Jolie has joined Myan­mar’s op­po­si­tion leader and democ­racy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, in sit­ting down with fe­male work­ers to learn more about their dire con­di­tions.

Jolie, who is a spe­cial en­voy for the U.N. High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, is on a four-day visit to the South­east Asian na­tion.

Dur­ing her meet­ing with the fac­tory work­ers on the out­skirts of an in­dus­trial zone in Myan­mar’s largest city, Yan­gon, Jolie and Suu Kyi wit­nessed first-hand the con­di­tions the women live in, mostly low-cost hos­tels. Jolie also toured in­side the fac­tory.

She trav­eled to Kachin state ear­lier this week, home to more than 10,000 dis­placed peo­ple since a cease-fire be­tween Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment and eth­nic rebels has bro­ken down in 2011.

Ac­cord­ing to her trip de­tails,

it is un­likely that Jolie will be able to travel to western Rakhine State, where more than 100,000 Mus­lim mi­nor­ity Ro­hingya live in aparthei­d­like con­di­tons in camps.

It is Jolie’s first visit to Myan­mar, which only re­cently emerged from decades of mil­i­tary rule. More than a dozen eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups, mostly in Myan­mar’s bor­der ar­eas, have been fight­ing for greater au­ton­omy since the coun­try at­tained in­de­pen­dence from the UK 67 years ago.

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