Features - The Irrawaddy
Memories of Nargis Amid Enduring Hardship

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

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

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

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.

In Pathein, Old Parasol Craft Struggles With Rising Demand

After producers reverted back to 100-year-old crafting techniques demand for the iconic Pathein parasol soared; they now struggle to keep up with its rising popularity.

Fishermen making port calls in Rangoon offer a gritty portrait of life at sea, where they spend most of their year on a meager salary.

A small enterprise is busting barriers for people living with a disability.

Since inter-community clashes broke out in the northern town almost two years ago, a group of religious leaders and youth has worked hard to rebuild good relations.

Photojournalists in Burma Weigh Duty Against Dangers

Local photojournalists endeavoring to tell the story of Burma in transition balance embracing a newfound freedom with the personal risk this entails.

Burma’s army has forcibly recruited teenagers for decades. The practice is slowly ending, but many former child soldiers live with the scars of their experiences.

A Burmese Publisher Turns the Page on an Era of Repression

At 17, San Mon Aung left school and stumbled blindly into the world of publishing, a world still stifled by censorship and trying economic circumstances.

Built by hundreds of local artisans for the anniversary of Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda in Dawei, the gigantic bell’s donors include Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

Penniless and Prosecuted, a Veteran Soldiers On

Eking out a meager pensioned existence, veteran Thein Hla Aung finds that the army he served for 24 years is intent on confiscating his home.

On a Mission: Destruction of Opium

In the remote mountains of northern Shan State, a small ethnic armed group is taking on the drug trade.

Saving Yangon: Heritage on the Line

The clock is ticking on efforts to ensure a beautiful, livable city.

Secret Historians Preserve Past in China Amid State Amnesia

For China’s secret historians, who risk personal security to unravel a past concealed by the state, truth-telling is nothing less than an act of defiance.

Knowledge Vacuum and Conflict Plague Salween River

Caught up in a web of international energy demand and supply, the fate of Burma’s free-flowing Salween River is still unclear.

Letter From the Jungle: Hours in Hiding After Letpadan Crackdown

Senior reporter Lawi Weng recalls fleeing a violent scene and seeking shelter in the surrounding jungle as police violently dismantle student protests in Letpadan.

Families Mourn the Fallen Soldiers of Laukkai

Amid surging support for the Burma Army in the wake of the Kokang conflict, who provides for the families of the fallen?