Faced with overcrowding in Bangladesh refugee camps, more Rohingya are voluntarily embracing contraceptives, once controversial due to cultural beliefs and efforts by Myanmar authorities to forcibly control their birth rates.
Myanmar’s most vulnerable minority group has been caught in the crossfire of a brutal conflict and say they are pressured to collaborate by both sides, pushing many to risk death or arrest to escape abroad.
Although Omicron is thought to be less severe than Delta, public health experts warn Myanmar could still face a deadly fourth wave due to low vaccination rates, a reliance on less effective Chinese-made vaccines, and a weak public health system.
The proposed sale of Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor's Myanmar subsidiary could put sensitive personal data of millions of customers into the hands of the junta, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday.
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army marked its revolution day last month with a show of force in Tangyang Township, one of many areas where it is working to consolidate power after victories over the Restoration Council of Shan State in 2021.
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.