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.
In Myanmar’s far south, revolutionaries are trying to open a new front in the war against the junta but are struggling with a lack of funding and weapons, despite some assistance from Karen ethnic armed groups.
With domestic rice prices rising rapidly in Myanmar, the junta has unveiled a US$115 million scheme aimed at boosting production. Some farmers worry that the regime may be looking to hijack the rice market to boost dwindling foreign exchange reserves.
The declining kyat and the junta’s import restrictions have made vital medicines more expensive and in some cases hard to buy – with potentially deadly consequences for those suffering from serious health conditions.
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.