Vital conservation activities have been suspended since the 2021 coup, while growing conflict and lawlessness have fuelled a reported rise in illegal fishing techniques that threaten the endangered species.
Rampant inflation, low wages and a decrease in the production of staple foods are depriving millions of people of a nutritious diet, creating irreversible health problems and deepening cycles of poverty.
National League for Democracy stalwart and former political prisoner Nang Khin Htwe Myint, 62, is the new Chief Minister of Kayin State. Her nomination by President U Htin Kyaw was unanimously approved by the 23 Kayin State assembly MPs on March 28 and she was sworn in with her cabinet two days later.
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.