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In 2016, around a million babies will be born in Myanmar. Too often we forget the prospects and possibilities of these new lives, instead focusing almost all our attention on those who have already grown up.
Babies born this year will take their first breaths with a more-or-less democratic government in-charge.
If Myanmar manages to complete its transformation to a prosperous and inclusive society, then these babies will be some of the greatest beneficiaries.
Of course, for a small child, lofty matters of abstract politics rarely figure in the calculations. They want to be loved, fed, kept clean and made safe. Fathers and mothers in Myanmar dote on their little ones, hoping for the best at a time of ongoing flux and uncertainty.
Read Myanmar’s 2016 batch of babies by Nicholas Farrelly, published in Myanmar Times.