During its 46-year rule, Burma's military government has turned one of the wealthiest countries of Southeast Asia into one of the poorest and most isolated nations in the world.
The damages are evident everywhere; pre-WWII commuter buses growl through the cities and grinding poverty forces beggars and prostitutes to ply the streets beneath Orwellian billboards.
Meanwhile the government exports teak, gas and gemstones for its own profit. Dissent is not tolerated, as the world saw in September's Saffron Revolution. But underneath the veneer, Burma is again close to the boiling point.
Photographs taken by Jacob Baynham from Dec. 29, 2007 to Jan. 30, 2008.