Features - The Irrawaddy
Time to Return Home? By

With nascent political changes taking place in Myanmar, dissidents in exile face a tough choice on whether to return.

Love of the Lingo By

Renowned Myanmar language teacher John Okell is still inspiring students, five decades on.


Drug-resistant malaria may be “jumping” from place to place, or “popping up” independently—either way the strategy to fight it in Myanmar is taking on a new urgency.

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Over one in six of India’s medical schools have been accused of cheating, while about 45 percent of those practicing medicine have no formal training.


Despite being a world away from their former homes, the Karen youth of San Diego vividly remember the poverty and privation of their childhood.

How the West Was Won By

The Western policy of engagement with Myanmar has been touted as a success, but for whom?

At Wathann Film Festival, an Eye for the Independent By

For half a decade, organizers of the Wathann Film Festival have been encouraging independent filmmakers to elevate the standards of Burmese cinema.


A decidedly quiet spirit festival in Sagaing Division’s Thar Dun village honors a local deity with a very unusual offering.

Pray Away the Pain: Going Cold Turkey in Kachin By

Inside one of Myitkyina’s faith-based drug treatment centers, where tough love and bible studies are the weapons against addiction and withdrawal.


For Naw Eh Wah and her handmade jewelry shop Amazing Grace, a kind of affirmative action dictates the hiring process.

Returned Fisherman’s 10 Years of Indonesian Misery By

After failing his matriculation exam and a fight with his parents, Myan Myo Myint ran away from home. He wouldn’t see his family again for a decade.

Nargis Hero Wins Florence Nightingale Medal By

Hatgyi Island nurse Sa Naing Naing Tun last week received long overdue recognition for his courageous actions during the Nargis disaster.

Beaten, Jailed, Bailed: Letpadan Crackdown Victim’s Harrowing Ordeal By

The photo of 16-year-old Aung Min Khaing desperately fleeing a dozen baton-wielding police officers has become the defining image of the crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan.


A determined group of Kachin youth face an uphill battle to eradicate drugs from their community.

The Core Issues Not Addressed By

More levelheaded observers to the Mar. 31 draft ceasefire agreement have pointed out that the event was nothing more than a small step in a long process.

Memories of Nargis Amid Enduring Hardship By

Seven years have passed since Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy Delta, but survivors like Than Than Nwe continue to struggle with the hardship it wrought.

In Bagan’s ‘Pagoda Slaves,’ a Devout and Discriminatory Legacy Lives On By

Bound by a sense of duty and the Buddhist belief in karma, generations of “pagoda slaves” have served as the free-of-charge custodians of Bagan’s temples.

From Aung San’s Driver to Centenarian, a Long and Winding Road By

As the man who drove Gen. Aung San to Panglong, 100-year-old U Khan is proud of the small part he played in Burma’s history.

Back With a Mission: Empowering Women in Burma By

Lway Aye Nang travels to some of Burma’s most remote areas to scout for promising political talent.


Outside a remote prison deep in the jungles of eastern Burma, young men sweat through their withdrawal in the dense heat of early summer.

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