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Myanmar’s Anti-War Generation

YANGON – “Without ending war we can’t move forward as a nation,” said 23-year-old Myanmar peace activist Esther Naw. Naw is under constant surveillance by Yangon’s Special Branch of the police, run by Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs – one

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A Rohingya’s Pursuit for Justice in Myanmar – CBC The World this Weekend

YANGON –  Wai Wai Nu always wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps – famed Rohingya Muslim politician Kyaw Min – and end the injustice faced by minority groups in Myanmar. Now, at 31, Nu is the country’s most celebrated

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Thailand to Myanmar Refugee Repatriation Goes Ahead Despite Concerns

BANGKOK – With the UN signing a memorandum of understanding in negotiations to repatriate nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees from camps in Bangladesh to Myanmar’s Rakhine state, its refugee agency has already begun facilitating returns from camps in Thailand to southeast

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Rohingya Refugees are Rushing to Escape Monsoon Season

Experts fear a return of the kind of desperation that fed the 2015 boat crisis as the storms hit Bangladesh’s coast. BANGKOK, Thailand – Torrential rains along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border are threatening to make an already grim situation for the nearly

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Rohingya Refugees Face New Threat in Bangladesh camps

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Inside the sprawling Kutupalong refugee settlement, dust swirls around the barren hills where over half a million Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter after fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “Before this entire area was covered with trees,” said

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Malaysia: A Rohingya safe haven?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Inside a television studio a small team of four prepare the daily news bulletin featuring horrendous stories of rape, murder, forced exile, and the lack of an international response to these crimes. But this is no

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Myanmar’s Youthful Change – CBC The World this Weekend

YANGON, Myanmar – There has been a transition taking place in this Southeast Asian country since the end of 50 years of military dictatorship in 2012. The first fully democratic elections in 2015 brought Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for

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A Plan to Resolve one of Asia’s Longest Refugee Situations

MAE SOT, Thailand – The UN refugee agency field office in Mae Sot has been working for the last 15 years in nine refugee camps along Thailand’s western border. These camps are home to 102,777 refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as

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Myanmar’s Technology Leapfrog Into Mobile Money – PRX

YANGON, Myanmar – Burma’s democratic transition is leading to a tech transformation. Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi told youth to stop wasting time on mobile phones and online. Almost half of Myanmar’s population is under 24 years of age. Everyone

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