The colourful lives of the Chin

Associated Press photographer Gemunu Amarsinghe recently submitted a photo essay from Chin state where ancient traditions and a rich culture struggle to prevail against a history of religious conversion, Burmese chauvinism, military rule and economic misery.

Escape from Namhlinpar

South Korean photojournalist Lee Yu Kyung caught up with a hundred Kachin IDPs fleeing fighting last week around Mansi township.

Rohingya refugees – a woman’s perspective

Freelance photographer Marta Tucci went to Arakan state to document the conditions that Rohingya women live with.

Goenka’s ashes scattered on Rangoon River

Indian-Burmese meditation guru Goenka, 90, passed away at his home in Mumbai on 29 September, but his ashes were brought back to the country of his birth.

Art knows no borders‬‬‬

A new arts centre has opened in the Sino-Burmese border town of Laiza, the headquarters of Kachin Independence Organisation.

A rally for peace

Hundreds of people marched from Rangoon’s City Hall to the People’s Park for peace and national reconciliation.

All aboard the Pilgrim Express to Kyaiktiyo

A new Rangoon-Kyaiktiyo train offers tourists and Buddhist pilgrims a ticket to the Golden Rock.

The Rohingya – a forgotten people?

Journalists Matt Rains and Alia Mehboob travelled to Arakan state in 2012 to document the lives of Rohingya Muslims in the wake of last year’s ethno-religious violence.

Monsoon rains inundate Rangoon

Residents in Rangoon’s suburban outskirts were reportedly unable to travel to large swaths of downtown on Friday morning due to excessive flooding

Tension boils over in Arakan state

Attempts to bring stability to Burma’s restive Arakan state could be disintegrating after police opened fire on Rohingya Muslims last week, as tensions in the region continue to rise following[…]

Remembering the uprising

Art exhibitions, conventions and moments of silence have been held to honour the hundreds of thousands of people who rose up against Ne Win’s dictatorship in 1988

Burma celebrates Thingyan

Burma celebrates the Buddhist New Year Water Festival, Thingyan, which runs from 13-16 April. People celebrate by throwing water on each other to wash away the sins and bad luck[…]

After the fire

A fire at an Islamic school in Rangoon killed 13 children in the early hours of Tuesday in what officials said could have been an accident, but comes in the[…]

Riots consume Meikhtila

The central Burmese town of Meikhtila declared a curfew for a second night on Thursday after clashes killed 10 people, including a Buddhist monk, and injured at least 20, authorities said.[…]

NLD eyes 2015

During the National League for Democracy’s first national congress, Aung San Suu Kyi was reelected as chair of the opposition party. About 900 people were nominated to attend the convention[…]

Still waiting

Words and photos by Eduardo de Francisco In the months since waves of violence hit Arakan state in June and October 2012, about 100,000 people –mostly Rohingya- still live in camps.[…]

After the crackdown

by Reuters Protestors took to the streets in Rangoon and Mandalay following a brutal crackdown on Buddhist monks last week. Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas on 29[…]