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27 Feb 2015 description

Eastern Burma Health Recovery, Decades Away

A new report on the health status of communities in conflict-affected areas of eastern Burma presents data from the first large-scale health survey since the recent ceasefires. The report highlights the critical role of ethnic health structures in providing services and addressing basic health needs, but indicates that key long-term health goals will remain unattainable until there is sustainable peace and structural reform.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Hundreds of ethnic Kokang refugees fled mountain villages close to the Chinese border in northern Myanmar on Thursday after a night of heavy shelling between government forces and rebel troops, local residents said.

"The people are continuing to leave the mountain areas," a local resident on the Kokang side of the border opposite the Chinese town of Nansan told RFA. "Some 500 or 600 people have already come down from the mountains."

"They are heading for Nansan."

26 Feb 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By KYAW PHYO THA / THE IRRAWADDY

When a bulldozer rolled onto her ancestral farmland stretching under the shadow of Letpadaung mountain on a December morning last year, Ma Win Mar was among dozens of farmers who tried to stop it.

But as rubber bullets, fired from cordons of police standing behind the roaring yellow machine, whistled past their ears, all the villagers could do was retreat.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Aid workers in Myanmar's Kokang region near the northeastern border with China cremated large numbers of bodies of civilians in recent days, according to photographs shown to RFA from the scene.

The photos show voluntary workers in rubber gloves disposing of large numbers of dead bodies in civilian clothes, some with their hands bound, and others with missing limbs.

The photos, many too graphic to publish, emerged amid accusations by Kokang rebel forces that the government is "massacring" unarmed civilians.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, February 25, 2015 |

After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.

The first is what bearing the conflict will have on the country’s peace process, with the government ostensibly still hoping to conclude a nationwide ceasefire agreement before the 2015 general election.

26 Feb 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:26 GMT
Author: Andrew R.C. Marshall

THAE CHAUNG, Myanmar, Feb 26 (Reuters) - In this teeming camp for displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, it's easy to overlook the internet huts. The raw emotion they generate is much harder to ignore.

Read more on AlertNet.

25 Feb 2015 description

GENEVA (25 February 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today warned that Myanmar “seems headed in the wrong direction and needs urgently to get back on track” in a crucial year for the country’s democratic transition and long-term reconciliation.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

RANGOON — Heavy fighting between the Burma Army and ethnic rebels is continuing in northern Shan State and has spread beyond the Kokang Special Region in recent days, causing hundreds of civilians to flee, rebel officers and aid workers said on Wednesday.

Since Feb. 9, fighting has raged in the Kokang area on the Burma-China border. The heaviest clashes took place in and around the region’s administrative capital Laukkai until the army established control of the town about a week ago.

25 Feb 2015 description

By ECHO HUI

As clashes intensify in northern Shan State between Burmese government forces and ethnic rebels, aid workers say humanitarian supplies are fast drying up for the thousands of Kokang civilians who fled their homes to take refuge in shelters.

Speaking exclusively to DVB, medical and aid workers at the Sino-Burmese border have called for an urgent response of increased international support and more attention to be focused on the plight of the tens of thousands of refugees from the Kokang region.

25 Feb 2015 description

Village admin officers from Rohingya villages are extorting money from villagers when Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) accompanied by local immigration officers have been collecting population data collection (Hswe Tin Si in Burmese) resumed again in Rohingya populated areas since December 2014, said Hamid, a village admin officer from Maungdaw township.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

While fighting rages between ethnic Kokang rebels and government troops near the country's northeastern border with China, civilians fleeing the conflict are increasingly squeezed by roadblocks and border closures, local sources said on Tuesday.

Thousands of refugees remain trapped in the Kokang area, according to an ethnic Kokang volunteer working in the border area opposite the Chinese town of Nansan.

24 Feb 2015 description

By DVB 23 February 2015

A recent report on health in eastern Burma highlights the relationship between human rights abuses and the health of the area’s population, while drawing comparisons with war-torn Somalia.

The Long Road to Recovery report, released this month by the Health Information System Working Group, advocates for a structural reform of the health care system in the country’s east, and calls for a “convergence” of different actors working in health in the area.

24 Feb 2015 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Tuesday 2/24/2015 - 07:26 GMT

Dozens of female prisoners were injured in a fierce firefight between rebels and soldiers in northeastern Myanmar following an attack on a government convoy, state media said Tuesday.

The Global New Light of Myanmar said the military launched airstrikes after ethnic Kokang fighters attacked vehicles carrying local people, government workers and inmates from a nearby prison, in the latest assault on civilians trying to escape deadly clashes in Shan state.

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

24 Feb 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report outlines the results of the Local Governance Mapping conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Magway Region in November-December 2014. It attempts to examine the state of local governance in Magway Region. The findings show while many aspects of township management, planning and participation are very similar to other States and Regions in Myanmar, in particular the neighbouring Regions of the Dry Zone, Magway also features a number of governance arrangements and innovations that are unique to the Region.