Features - The Irrawaddy

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 By

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.


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


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


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 By

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 By

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 By

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

Mogok Miners Hold out Hope for Remaining Rubies By

Mogok, a rich valley in central Burma known for fine rubies and sapphires, is peppered with valuable stone, but some say deposits are thinning.

Letpadaung: Fields of Fire By

As officials trade blame, local opposition simmers around the Letpadaung copper mine near Monywa, where a villager was fatally shot by police late last year.

On Chin Day, Bittersweet Reflections on a Fading Culture By

An ethnic Chin dialect fades from use in Irrawaddy Division, taking knowledge about traditional songs and literature with it.

On the Bus with Linda McDowell By

Linda McDowell, the wife of the first Canadian ambassador to Burma, rides Rangoon’s notoriously chaotic buses to promote mass transit in a changing city.

Jade Trade Bedevils Burma’s Transparency Aspirations By

Burma’s lucrative jade trade remains hidden behind a wall of army checkpoints and official government secrecy.

Me and My Language By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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’ By

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

Amidst Ancient Temples, Golf Grows in Burma By

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 By

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

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