Squatters in Hlaing Tharyar township in Rangoon are rebuilding their huts alongside the Shwe Lin Pan Industrial Zone. They were previously evicted from the site by the municipal department, but they haven’t been able to find anywhere else to live.
Temporary houses are being built in Kinchaung village in the restive northern Arakanese town of Maungdaw; but they are not for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence – this time the emergency shelters are for Arakanese Buddhist refugees who have escaped persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Post-imperialist nation-building is still a work in progress in many ASEAN states, and democratisation has therefore not yet fully taken shape. Without sincere reforms and well-balanced wealth sharing, it won’t be long before people in Burma start to press for meaningful change, as in its neighbouring countries.
After the success of the SEA Games, Burma is now preparing to host the ASEAN Para Games for the first time ever. With only a few days until the opening ceremony in Naypyidaw, the teams were more than ready.
The ancient art of Burmese puppetry, yoke thé, is being brought back to life thanks to the influx of foreign tourists to the country.
Sculptors who work with wood may soon have easier access to raw material. The government’s Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) is planning to start a tender bidding system to conveniently sell wood to sculptors, as there is currently no direct channel for business with artists.
Reading aloud from her news script without realising she was still on air, DVB news anchor Moe Myint Zin exclaimed dah bae! – meaning “that’s it!” – and removed her microphone and ear piece as the cameras rolled on.
Life in Arakan state’s Maungdaw is hard on ethnic Arakanese refugees coming from Bangladesh. The people living here, resettled under a programme by the ministry of border affairs, have to face lack of both water and ways to make a living.