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21 Feb 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng 20 February 2018

Government authorities are restricting ethnic Wa people who live in northern Shan State from traveling to Kyaingtong and other major towns in eastern parts of the state, according to local sources.

There are two main roads for ethnic Wa traveling to Kyaingtong in eastern Shan State and Tachilek on the Thai-Burmese border. But since early this month, authorities have been checking the ID cards of travellers and barring further travel along the routes if the holder is ethnic Wa, according to complaints lodged with the United Wa State Army.

30 Sep 2017 description
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YANGON — The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) new-formed Central Women’s Committee plans to visit Kachin internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps as the committee’s first mission on October 4, said chairperson Dr. May Win Myint.

The NLD’s new-formed Central Women’s Committee Team will donate rice and oil, sanitary products, and provide medical services to 1,350 IDPs in Kachin State during their one-week trip, said Daw Zin Mar Aung, a secretary on the committee.

16 Aug 2017 description
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Naw Kwut was a young Karen woman when she stepped on a landmine and lost her right leg while she was forced to act as a porter for the Myanmar Army 20 years ago.

“We were treated badly. They asked us to do everything for them,” she said, recalling her experiences in the jungle. She grew up in a village controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU)’s Brigade 1, in Thaton, Mon State.

14 Aug 2017 description
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WAINGMAW & MYITKYINA, Kachin State — Holding her eight-month-old baby close to her chest, young mother Roi San chased after her other child, a toddler running in front of her. The toddler ran barefoot across the ground.

Married at 16, the 20-year-old had two miscarriages before giving birth to her two children. Roi San is one of the 708 people living in Zilun Baptist camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State capital Myitkyina.

11 Jul 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Salai Thant Zin

PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Division — Twenty people have died of dengue fever so far since January this year in Irrawaddy Division, according to the divisional health department.

“Dengue incidence is highest in Hinthada District, followed by Maubin and Pathein districts respectively,” said Dr. Myat Min Htun, head of the epidemic division under the divisional health department.

Dengue cases have doubled in the division from the previous year – 1,679 cases from January 1 to July 10 compared to about 800 cases in total the prior year.

07 Mar 2017 description
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By MOE MYINT 6 March 2017

RANGOON – Border police patrol in Arakan State apprehended a vessel carrying 28 people in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday afternoon, who the authorities say had illegally entered Burmese territorial waters from St. Martin’s Island in Bangladesh, said official Kyaw Aye Hlaing of Maungdaw police station.

The distance between Sittwe, the Arakan State capital, and St. Martin Island is at least 70 kilometers.

24 Aug 2016 description
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By NYEIN NYEIN / THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The death toll from a measles epidemic has risen to 68 in Burma’s remote Naga Self-Administered Zone, according to a regional lawmaker and other relief workers providing support to the affected areas.

An emergency response team dispatched to the area says the situation is particularly critical in Kesan Salin and Kesan Karlan villages in the Dong Hee sub-township of Nanyun Township.

17 Aug 2016 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Zue Zue

Ethnic Mon internally displaced persons (IDPs) are concerned about declining aid and financial assistance, according to a recent report on IDPs in Burma.

The Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Burma Link and Burma Partnership released a joint report called “Invisible Lives: The Untold Story of the Displacement Cycle in Burma” in Rangoon on Friday.

17 Aug 2016 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng

At a Rangoon press conference on Tuesday, right activists from the Naga Self-Administered Zone called on the Union government to put forward more support for the victims of a deadly measles outbreak in Lahe and Nanyun townships which has claimed 42 lives—including those of 29 children.

08 Aug 2016 description
report The Irrawaddy

Three more children reportedly died over the weekend in the eastern region of the Naga Self-Administered Zone after contracting measles, raising the number of victims of the recent outbreak to 41.

“The total number of those who have died has reached 41,” said Thein Zaw, the assistant director of the Naga Self-Administered Zone, who confirmed that the once-mysterious illness has been identified as measles. “Now, we almost have control over the situation.”

13 Jun 2016 description
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By SU MYAT MON / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, June 13, 2016

RANGOON — Heavy rain and severe flooding continue to devastate parts of Arakan State, a spokesperson for the Arakan State Government, told The Irrawaddy on Monday.

Four women in Taungup Township, a man in Thandwe Township and a student in Ann Township were killed by deadly deluges on Sunday, according to spokesperson Min Aung. However, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has reported a different figure of four total deaths in the region for the month of June.

28 Apr 2016 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng

RANGOON — Authorities in Arakan State have imposed new restrictions on the Rohingya minority’s access to medical treatment in Rangoon, after local sources reported that many patients did not return to the region after traveling to hospitals in the commercial capital.

16 Mar 2016 description
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RANGOON — An investigation by Burma’s Ministry of Health is ongoing into the cause of three newborns’ deaths after they received hepatitis B vaccines last week at Bago General Hospital.

The probe is focusing on two vaccines, Engerix B and Hepavax B, according to a statement from the Health Ministry on Monday, both of which are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

21 Dec 2015 description
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RANGOON — About 1,800 Kachin internally displaced persons (IDPs), living in makeshift shelters along the Sino-Burma border, are enduring freezing conditions with minimal supplies, aid workers said.

Pictures circulated online show IDP camps at Border Post 6, including Da Bu Bum camp, situated on the Sino-Burma border near Chipwi Township’s Pangwa, covered in snow.

19 Oct 2015 description
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CHIANG MAI, Thailand — A week of clashes between the military and the Shan State Army-North appears to have ended after the ethnic armed group vacated a strategic river port in Mong Hsu Township.

Lt-Col Sai Hla, a spokesman for the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), said that attacks on the group’s locations appear from Oct. 6-14 had been motivated by the Burma Army’s desire to occupy Tar San Pu village, an important escape route for SSA-N forces.

29 Sep 2015 description
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RANGOON — Almost 300 students from a middle school in eastern Burma’s Karen State fell ill on Wednesday after drinking water sourced from a local pond.

Seventy students were admitted to Kawkareik General Hospital and 62 to Kyone Doe General Hospital, a doctor from the former facility confirmed. All of the hospitalized students are expected to return home within 24 hours.

15 Sep 2015 description
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MAE SOT, Thailand — The explosion knocked Mya Win out as her teenage body went flying. When she regained consciousness, she found herself at a hospital in Mae Sot, the Thai border town long known for its ties to neighboring Burma.

When a doctor delivered the grim news of what had transpired and its implications, she could not contain her despair.

“I burst into tears when I learned that both of my legs were amputated,” Mya Win recounted. “I was so sad and felt helpless.”

29 Jul 2015 description
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MANDALAY — Burma’s flood-ravaged northern regions are bracing for another deluge, after the Department of Meteorology warned of possible heavy rains due to a storm in the Bay of Bengal.

The announcement, issued by the department on Monday, warned that the storm was gaining strength and was expected to lead to torrential rain in several locations across the country.

20 Jul 2015 description
report The Irrawaddy

MANDALAY — Severe flooding in central Burma has killed seven rescue workers and displaced thousands of villagers as unusually heavy rains swept through the region over the weekend.

Inn Daw, Kawlin, Kantbalu, Kyun Hla and Butalin townships of Sagaing Division were thrashed by rains throughout the past week, as rains hit the low lying farmlands nonstop since last Tuesday.

05 May 2015 description
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By SALAI THANT ZIN / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, May 4, 2015 |

LABUTTA TOWNSHIP, Irrawaddy Division — “I can have a proper burial only if the neighbors are willing to help,” says Than Than Nwe, rubbing away a tear that dropped from an eye that no longer sees.

With little money and no surviving relatives to arrange her funeral, she explains, only the goodwill of her neighbors will see to it that she is properly laid to rest when her time comes.