Features - The Irrawaddy
Me and My Language

With Mon National Day commemorated this week, ethnic Mon reporter Yen Snaing delves into Myanmar’s complicated linguistic heritage and the legacy that lingers on.

Brides for Bachelors

Lured by false promises of employment, women and girls from Myanmar, including ethnic Ta’ang, continue to be trafficked to China.

On Chinese Border, Local Activists Lead Fight Against Drug Crime

Faced with staggering addiction rates and inaction from the Burma Army, villagers in Shan State have begun their own battle against the drug trade.

Mon IDPs Concerned About Lack of Aid in Halockhani

Nestled between lush green mountain tops and surrounded by spectacular scenery, Halockhani has been a home for thousands of Mon internally displaced persons for decades.

Opium Turns Hillside Town Into ‘Widow Village’

Opium addiction has claimed the lives of almost every male villager in Kanzam, northern Chin State.

Amidst Ancient Temples, Golf Grows in Burma

The sport suffered from lack of investment under military rule in Burma, but that is changing as foreign funds flow into the country.

The Kola of Cambodia

A Buddhist pagoda and an elderly woman are among the last traces of a group of mysterious Myanmar migrants.

‘A Living Hell’ for Slaves on Remote South Korean Islands

Kim Seong-baek, a disabled South Korean, was trafficked into slavery on a remote island salt-field. He ran the first chance he got.

10 Years After Tsunami, Burmese Victim’s Mom Learns Body Wasn’t Lost

For almost a decade following the devastation wrought by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Aye Pu thought her daughter’s body had been lost at sea.

At Gaw Wein Jetty, Squatters Struggle to Rebuild

After a temporary eviction by authorities, port laborers and their families face the daunting task of rebuilding their homes around the Mandalay foreshore.

The Path to a Brighter Future for Burma’s Disabled

A small but determined group left Rangoon by wheelchair on a 17-day journey to raise awareness about rights of people living with disabilities in Burma.

In Kachin State, a Place of Merriment Turns to Mourning

A Myitkyina park once used for celebrations has taken on a more somber air as the civil war in Kachin State grinds on.

The Life of Burmese Male Sex Workers in Chiang Mai

Dozens of young men from poor villages in Shan State work as sex workers in gay show bars in northern Thailand’s largest city.

In Remote Karenni State, a Place of Diversity and Learning

A monastery in Karenni State offers children from a cornucopia of minorities in the region a chance at education that they might otherwise not get.

One Thing on Agenda at Karen Conference: Unity

Hundreds gather at the headquarters of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army to debate the future of the ethnic Karen people’s rebel armed forces.

Burma’s Story, Told by One Crumbling Building

One apartment building, two stairwells, 12 apartments and their 60 or so residents offer a portrait of Rangoon as Burma stands at a historical precipice.

On the Road to Bagan

The motorway from Rangoon to Bagan is breathtaking and the attractions rewarding, but improving infrastructure will help travelers love Burma even more.

In Burma’s Parliament, What’s on Your Head Matters

Hats hold meaning in Burma’s Parliament, embodying political allegiances, accomplishments and failures of a nation transitioning from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy.

Flickers of Hope, Shadow of Uncertainty for Muslims in Arakan Citizenship Pilot

Rohingya Muslims in Myebon are both hopeful and uncertain as some ostensibly receive citizenship rights for the first time under the government’s national verification program.

Myanmar’s Mother of Nursing

One woman’s journey from a life of privilege to a lifetime of service.