Precision and nerves of steel is a recipe for success in archery, something that Burma turned out to possess. The Burmese Paralympic archery team led the charts for men’s compound archery on Thursday, at the Para Games.
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Buddhist monk Rakkha Wuntha was in jail for his political beliefs. Now he’s marching all the way from Mandalay to Arakan state in support of the remaining political prisoners.
The opening ceremony for the 7th ASEAN Para Games – hosted in Burma for the first time ever – was held at Wunna Theikdi Stadium in Naypyidaw on Tuesday evening.
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.