Some pro-democracy activists who fled to territory controlled by the Karen National Union for training to fight the junta say they became victims of forcible recruitment, while others are upset at the NUG for failing to provide them with weapons.
Founded by legendary missionary Adoniram Judson, the First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine is set to undergo significant restoration, including the replacement of its leaking roof and removal of sheeting containing deadly asbestos fibres.
Recent fighting in Kachin State has caused further misery for thousands of civilians displaced by conflict since 2011, some of whom are living in the open in freezing overnight weather after their IDP camp was shelled.
Gaw Yin Gyi Island is less than seven hours from Yangon, but has only been discovered by travellers over the past two years as locals wage a campaign against a planned coal power plant and deep sea port.
An investigation into the seizure of valuable farming land in Sittwe is likely to make uncomfortable reading for some politicians and public servants when it is tabled in the Rakhine assembly later this month.
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.