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Stories about Myanmar (Burma)

28 November 2016

Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives

“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”

1 November 2016

Inside Chin, Myanmar’s Picturesque but Poorest Province

Chin is located in the mountainous northwest part of Myanmar. It is near Bangladesh and India. Despite its natural beauty, Chin has the highest incidence of poverty in the country.

26 October 2016

Locals Want a Disruptive Dam Project in Northern Myanmar Terminated Once and for All

Ethnic Kachin oppose the dam not only because it puts lives at risk, but also because it endangers the historically valuable Irrawaddy River

18 October 2016

Myanmar’s Laws and Societal Attitudes Make Girls Vulnerable to Abuse

An 'International Day of the Girl' celebration in an internally displaced person camp in Kachin State, Myanmar highlights the lack of government protection of victims of gender-based violence in Myanmar.

27 September 2016

Artist Draws Attention to the Plight of Child Laborers and Young Women in Myanmar

"Art becomes more important for the people to see and feel the reality, and motivate them to make changes in society."

25 August 2016

Earthquake Destroys More Than 200 Ancient Temples in Myanmar

The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.

7 August 2016

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

16 July 2016

Myanmar's Online Community Anticipates Fall of Radical Buddhist Group with Funny Memes

"So you are saying that Buddhism, which has been a religion for 2,500 years will be destroyed if Ma-Ba-Tha does not save it and Myanmar will become a Muslim country?”

11 July 2016

Myanmar Official Gets Online Support for Challenging Radical Buddhist Group

The hashtag #NoMaBaTha was launched on Facebook to support an embattled city minister for speaking out against a Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar.

19 June 2016

Censorship Continues in Myanmar as Government Blocks Screening of Film Critical of the Army

"If Myanmar genuinely wants to address human rights abuses, culture, art and media should be encouraged to bring truth, painful stories and wrongdoings—both past and present—into the open."

11 June 2016

Quarry Workers in Myanmar Suffer Health Problems, No Compensation

"Most of the workers are internal migrants who return to their homes for treatment when their health problems become unbearable."

3 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Unsung Heroes

This week, we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Myanmar, Brazil and Syria.

29 May 2016

Myanmar Wants the World to Stop Using the Word Rohingya for Persecuted Ethnic Group

"Rather than arguing over terminology, it is crucial to initiate a dialogue between the Buddhist majority and Muslim minority and negotiate a lasting solution."

12 May 2016

These Images Illustrate How Litter Is Destroying Myanmar's Famous Landmarks

"If you set an example by by being careful with where you throw away your trash, we can raise the standards of our country."

5 May 2016

How El Niño Is Affecting the Upland Areas of Myanmar

"The lake near our village dried up two months ago. Last year, we were able to use water from there until March."

2 May 2016

It’s Open Season on Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

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A group of peace advocates launched a page on Facebook dedicated to addressing the rising number of hate-speech cases in Myanmar. Meet the “No-Hate Speech Project.”

26 April 2016

After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years

Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.

20 April 2016

Traditional Typists Persevere in 21st Century Myanmar

"Typewriters challenge us to be more efficient, to see our errors on paper, so we are more careful not to make mistakes."

23 March 2016

Seen Southeast Asia From a Bird’s Eye? Try an Astronaut’s Lens

Southeast Asia’s capital cities are among the most photographed and famous destinations in the world. But what do they look like from space?

6 March 2016

New Video Hopes to Appeal to Thai Generosity to Help Myanmar Refugees

"We can’t change their past experience but, together with your Namjai (generosity), we can help them to create a better future."

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