A long-awaited ceasefire will soon be signed, though the pact will not be the “inclusive” agreement many of Burma’s ethnic armed groups had hoped for.


A spokesperson for the Buddhist nationalist group said Friday that foreign media did not understand Burmese culture and dismissed links to the ruling party.

Govt Peace Broker Urges Mon Rebels to Sign Ceasefire

Minister Aung Min delivers a strong message that the Mon will be limited to observer status during political discussions if it doesn’t sign a ceasefire.

Over 100 more villagers in Mansi Township were displaced Sunday after clashes continued between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army.

Zo Win thought he was about to strike it rich when he agreed to venture beyond northwestern Burma to retrieve automatic rifles for insurgents.

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission receives rare praise after it calls for legal action against police involved in a March crackdown on student protestors.

The Irrawaddy visits a few small towns in the remote state in northwestern Burma that have been ravaged by recent floods and landslides.

Hundreds of newly displaced families in this small village in Chin State wait for relief in temporary shelters after landslides wipe away homes and belongings.

Uncertainty prevails more than a month after residents of Kale Township in Sagaing Division were displaced by flooding that has affected large swathes of Burma.

Stray fire near a displacement camp in Kachin State causes scores to flee, according to a local religious charity providing aid for conflict-affected civilians.

As peace negotiators continue to insist that a nationwide ceasefire is within reach, clashes reportedly break out again in Shan and Kachin states.

Six Elephants in Kyaukpadaung to be Helped Home

Forestry officials said Thursday that six elephants in the area of Mandalay Division’s Kyaukpadaung Township will be herded back to their native jungle.

Police in Rangoon Division’s Hmawbi Township detain 10 Rohingya Muslims and the driver of the vehicle in which they were found riding.

Small Factory Explosion Injures Three in Rangoon

Three people are wounded in a small explosion at an oxygen storage unit inside a factory owned by the Myanmar Economic Corporation in Rangoon.

Unity Falters as Ethnic Groups Mull Peace Prospects

Ethnic armed groups negotiating a nationwide ceasefire with Burma’s government since 2013 have largely presented a united front, but divisions are growing.

On Ye Lar Island in the Irrawaddy delta, people shelter in flood-damaged homes, waiting for the waters to recede so they can begin to rebuild their lives.

Often overlooked in reports on the widespread flooding in Burma is the toll it has taken on animals—and for an agrarian nation, livestock particularly.

Thousands of people displaced by floods in Magwe Division’s Pwintbyu Township are relying on local aid groups, but clean drinking water is in short supply.

As flood waters slowly retreat in Magwe Division’s Pwintbyu, locals beginning to return to their inundated homes are in urgent need of food and supplies.

$110m in Methamphetamines Seized in Rangoon, Tachileik

Burmese authorities seize over $110 million worth of methamphetamine tablets in two separate drug busts near the Thai-Burma border and in the commercial capital Rangoon.

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