The woes of war in western Myanmar have been exacerbated by Cyclone Mocha, with already-struggling residents saying they have still received no assistance, and even accusing the military of launching fresh attacks during the storm.
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The minimum penalty for trafficking marijuana is 10 years’ imprisonment but that hasn’t deterred an increasing number of dealers from selling openly on social media.
Financial hardship and school closures due to the pandemic have pushed many more children into the workforce, and experts fear they may not return to class when schools eventually reopen.
As a new parliament convenes, the mood among MPs is far removed from the euphoria of five years ago, but the ruling party says it’s untroubled by electoral fraud allegations from the pro-military opposition.
An informal ceasefire has enabled some IDPs to return to war-scarred villages in Rakhine State, but landmines and unexploded ordnance pose a major risk to their safety.
Minority Christians who have fled conflict in northern Rakhine and southern Chin states are building a sanctuary on the outskirts of the commercial capitol.
A fire tore through a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on Thursday, leaving no casualties but destroying more than 550 shanty homes.
While the Sangha keeps Myanmar’s abandoned children from the abyss, it’s no substitute for family life, writes Frontier reporter Pyae Sone Aung.