Burma/Myanmar is suffering. There could be as many 100,000 dead in a cyclone (hurricane/typhoon, call it what you will). Less than 2,000 people died in Katrina - and we thought the scale of that was huge?
People have no food, no clean water, no power - and little help.
The military junta that rules them is preventing aid workers from entering the country and denying the international press as well. Doubtless they are looking after their own interests - i.e. that of the top military brass - because that is about the only thing they do well.
When we look for examples of evil overlords to model the villains for a fantasy novel, we don't have to look any further than 21st century Burma.