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The Irrawaddy

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Devastated hilltop in Myanmar’s jade mining region remains home for scores of families despite danger

Despite the danger of further landslides, 77 families remain, saying they cannot afford to relocate.

Out of work, out of options: Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand scrape by during COVID-19

"Since my workplace was closed, I don’t have much money left, I don’t know where to find work. I live in a construction camp with my 4-year-old son."

Combating ‘fake news’ in the time of COVID-19 in Myanmar

"Thousands of social media users made a group and a network to serve as watchdogs for fake news on social media."

How China's Belt and Road Initiative is affecting Shan communities in north Myanmar

"The majority of the people are worried about losing their homes, farmlands and water resources. Some people voiced concerns about losing natural resources and heritage places."

After struggling for 20 years, a Mon-language newspaper in Myanmar is fighting to survive

The Guiding Star newspaper, an important news source for ethnic Mon, is struggling to keep its doors open as news goes digital and as its audience of Mon-language speakers declines.

130 civil society groups call on Myanmar military to drop charges against civilians

"The military are the government’s staff. If they are doing wrong, citizens have a right to point it out. Citizens have a right to speak out,”

Caring for Myanmar’s orphaned elephants

Myanmar's wild elephants are under serious threat from poaching, with elephants being killed at the alarming rate of one a week.

A day in the life of a bamboo shoot harvester in Myanmar

Meet Ko Pho La, a bamboo shoot harvester living in Kyee Bin Village in Irrawaddy Region.

Remembering the '88 uprising’ for democracy in Myanmar

"Government newspapers said over 300 died in the crackdown but independent sources estimated that the actual figure was ten times that."

Life in Panghsang, a Chinese enclave in Myanmar's Wa region

Despite its location on the Myanmar side of the border, on a stroll around the town, you may believe you’re in China.

Growing controversy in Myanmar: A Kachin banana plantation in photos

"Most of the plantations have Chinese backing and are accused of stealing land, damaging the environment and violating their workers’ labor rights."

March 7th: The day Gandhi preached non-violent revolution in Myanmar

“I have no other and no better guidance to offer to you than to commend to your attention the general principle of non-violence, in other words, self-purification.”

Maung Maung Has Spent a Lifetime Collecting Gramophone Records in Myanmar

The retired police officer, teacher, and lawyer has amassed a collection of more than 100,000 gramophone records over six decades.

Fire Balloon Competition in Myanmar's Taunggyi Celebrates ‘Festival of Lights’

Take a look at photos of the spectacular -- and sometimes dangerous -- tradition.

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar

Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

Scenes From Market Day in Shan State’s Thandaung Village in Myanmar

It offers an authentic chance to see how locals trade. Sellers arrive at the marker before dawn to prepare for the day, and the market usually lasts until around noon.

More Than a Year Later, Landslide Victims Scrape By in a Resettlement City in Myanmar

"A year after the resettlement, residents only just received power and still do not have running water. They are left to rely on collecting rainwater and deliveries from aid groups."

Myanmar Activist Charged with Defamation for Livestreaming a Satirical Play about the Army

“I streamed it live so that my friends could watch it because my son participated in the drama. I did not intend to defame the military," the activist told reporters.

Life Inside a Leprosy Colony in Myanmar

Pyay Kyaw visits patients at the St. Joseph Cotto Legnos Leprosy Colony, home to people like Maya, who once was forced to live in her town’s cemetery due to stigma.

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