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Within a Month COVID-19 Took My Family

By Saw Wai Thoo and Sa I Sue Despite her early prevention strategies, Naw Hsa K’Pru Moo was the only one who was to survive. Her grandmother, father, mother and an uncle, all died within a month of COVID-19. The effect of losing her family in over such a short period has taken its toll on Naw Hsa K’Pru Moo.…

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Myanmar: Nation in Crisis as Pandemic Takes Hold

It is six months since Myanmar’s military began dismantling the institutional framework supporting the country’s fledgling democracy by propelling a deadly coup to wrest parliamentary control away from the newly-elected National League of Democracy (NLD) government. Soon after the coup in February 2021, the military swiftly targeted voices of dissent and launched a deadly campaign of violence to silence critics.…

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Burma’s COVID-19 Death Rates Continue to Climb – Military Coup Leaders Block Medical Equipment, Oxygen Supplies and Testing Remains Unavailable and Unaffordable

The reality behind the statistics is brutal. A health system that has been under-resourced and driven into the ground for decades by the military and who now lists doctors, nurses and health workers as targets for arrest. Humanitarian groups have reported there have been at least 200 attacks on health workers and facilities that have left at least 17 people…

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Myanmar’s Potential Solution Within

*By Saw Kapi By March 16, 2021, more than 180 citizens of Myanmar have been killed by the security forces and ten times the number remained in detention. The protests against the coup continue both during the days and nights as well. It has become quite obvious that “watching and worrying” strategy by the international community is obviously not working.…

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May Day 2018: Workers in Burma Still Struggle for Equality, Equal Rights, Workplace Safety and a Living Wage

Millions of workers around the world will take to the streets and city parks to commemorate May Day 2018. Workers will rally and march to show their solidarity and support for their workplace rights. May Day celebrations, also known as International Workers Day started in Chicago in 1886, when workers demanded and won an eight-hour workday, today it will be…

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Seven Burmese Migrant Workers Died in Another Bus Crash

Seven Burmese migrant workers were killed and many have been injured after a bus carrying 50 Burmese migrant workers crashed in Tak Province in Thailand on Monday night (April 9). Under the arrangement of Gold Royal Mandalay Agency, a busload of 50 Burmese migrant workers were travelling from Mae Sot to Bangkok to work officially under the memorandum of understanding…

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Thailand Requests Upgrading Three Pagodas Pass to an Official, Permanent Border Crossing

Thailand has asked Myanmar to upgrade a high traffic border checkpoint in Karen State that was closed in July due to flooding. They also requested the border be officially upgraded as a permanent trade crossing. The request was lodged on August 30 during the first meeting of the Thailand-Myanmar Township Border Committee, according to U Myo Naing, an administrator in…

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Burmese Government Continues Its Crackdown on Journalists…

Burma’s clampdown on the country’s journalists continues with the arrest of Myanmar Now’s editor, Ko Swe Win by police at Rangoon Airport on Sunday. Ko Swe Win was taken into custody by police while waiting to board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. It is reported by Frontier Magazine that Swe Win’s arrest is linked to a “defamation complaint filed by…

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Fifth Ethnic Media Conference Convenes in Loikaw

The Fifth Ethnic Media Conference got underway in Loikaw, Kayah (Karenni) State on June 26. Led by Burma News International (BNI) and Kayah State-based Kantarawaddy Times, the three-day conference aims to raise the profile of ethnic media, according to BNI’s director Nai Kasauh Mon. Nai Kasauh Mon said ethnic media was vital in “providing truthful information to the public”. Under…

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Karen Women’s Empowerment Group visits Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

The Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) went on its first excursion to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Naypyidaw on June 20. A total of 47 village leaders from Hpa-an, Kawkareik, Kyain Seik Gyi and Hlaingbwe Townships in Karen State studied the activities carried out by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and discussed regional development issues. Head of the KWEG’s implementation plan for civilian…

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