Two Frontier reporters have been kept in isolation in eastern Shan State since August 31, despite having tested negative for COVID-19. At home in Yangon, a pregnant wife and a two-month-old baby wonder when they’ll be allowed back.
Tales of death and despair when riding a motorbike in Myanmar made our writer reluctant to buy a bike in-country, but when he got out from behind Yangon’s Motorbike Curtain, he quickly learned that things weren’t nearly as bad as people were saying.
Our reporter picked a fight with a Yangon pavement – and lost. As is often the case in Myanmar, it was the compassion of passers-by that made the experience more bearable than it could have otherwise been.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.