Episode 26: The rising number of orphans in Myanmar

The number of orphans in Myanmar is on the rise. A lack of understanding about contraception, greater social freedoms, abortion being illegal and the Myanmar culture about parenting are cited as some of the reasons behind this growing problem.

This week Doh Athan spoke to two young mothers to find out why they gave away their children to an orphanage. We also find out why the number of orphans has increased so much in the past two years.


Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar enters 2021 with more friends than foes
The early delivery of vaccines is one of the many boons of the country’s geopolitics, but to really take advantage, Myanmar must bury the legacy of its isolationist past.
Will the Kayin BGF go quietly?
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.

Support our independent journalism and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and analysis

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters.

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar