In late January, a Frontier reporter travelled to a remote, conflict-hit area of Bago Region to cover the distribution of relief items to Karen IDPs.
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Snap rule changes and snails-pace processing mean truck drivers have at times been forced to wait for days at checkpoints on Myanmar’s major trucking routes during the country’s “second wave” of COVID-19.
It was perhaps inevitable that the disbursement of billions of kyat to help needy households weather the COVID-19 storm would lead to questions about administrative.
Voters and politicians in Yangon and Kachin State say inadequate voter education and bureaucratic ineptitude meant some ethnic minority voters were denied ballots to elect ethnic affairs ministers.
Bitter infighting threatens to fell the Chin State Hluttaw’s only ethnic party, which suffered devastating losses amid the National League for Democracy landslide on November.
Hopes are rising that elections can soon be held in the nine Rakhine State townships where voting was cancelled on November 8, but the National League for Democracy seems unconvinced.