Features - The Irrawaddy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


RANGOON — As elections near and Burma’s leading lady, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is still categorically barred from the country’s highest office, more and more political onlookers are raising the question of what role women will play in designing future policy. Lway Aye Nang has some ideas, not just about how to increase […]

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.


NAYPYIDAW — With an historic general election just seven months away, Burma’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is locked in a high-stakes showdown with a military-backed government that she says isn’t interested in reform. Some of her supporters within Burma’s pro-democracy movement have begun to question whether the country’s most popular […]