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A political crisis triggered by the military takeover makes life even more dangerous for those fighting to protect the environment. Htu Seng has spent the past decade defending the land and environment of her native Kachin State but it was only after the military seized power in a coup in …
Civilians in firing line as conflict returns to Myanmar’s Rakhine
An uneasy truce in the troubled western region appears to have collapsed with the military in open warfare against rebel groups. On the evening of September 25, in Nagara village in western Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State, Bu Wine and her family went to bed early. But a couple of hours …
Singapore executions under scrutiny as more hanged for drugs
When Angelia Pranthaman walked on stage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to unveil a new song written by her brother on death row, she told a story about the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. Like Pannir Selvam Pranthaman, Socrates was sentenced to death, but while awaiting his punishment the philosopher began to …
Shadowy pro-military militias target Myanmar’s anti-coup movement
A month ago, the body of a man was found dumped by the side of the road in Myanmar’s central city of Mandalay. The victim had been stabbed multiple times, and his hands tied behind his back. Attached to a lanyard around the neck of National League for Democracy (NLD) …
Peru: Months after huge earthquake, survivors feel abandoned
Displaced families have been camping out in tents, as critics say the government must deliver on promised aid.
Myanmar’s military coup prolongs misery for Rohingya in Rakhine
Bangkok, Thailand – In early August, military officials assigned to Rakhine State by Myanmar’s generals summoned leaders from the mainly Muslim Rohingya community in Buthidaung township to a meeting on the banks of the Mayu River. The officials came with a warning: Rohingya villagers should cut off any ties with …
Rumbles in Rakhine amid strains between Myanmar military, rebels
Recent skirmishes between Arakan Army and the military have raised concern about the stability of an informal year-long ceasefire. Since Myanmar’s military staged a coup against Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on February 1, triggering mass unrest, the formerly restive far-western state of Rakhine has remained relatively peaceful. But …
‘We eat only rice. We are trying not to die’
Heavily pregnant women displaced by fighting risk their lives to give birth after being forced to flee their homes.
‘No one can protect us, even the law can’t protect our rights’
More than 6,000 people have been detained since the coup, and journalists are one of many groups being targeted.
From Germany to Ireland, a fresh push to return the Benin bronzes
As a decolonisation movement sweeps across Europe, there are efforts to return art looted by British soldiers in 1897. The story of the Benin bronzes is one Timothy Awoyemi, a British-Nigerian police officer, knows well. Like all schoolchildren in Nigeria, he was taught of the murderous 1897 raid when British …
Medics risk lives to treat injured in Myanmar anti-coup protests
At least 50 people killed as protesters continue to rally across Myanmar calling for an end to military rule.
Myanmar military tries ‘divide and rule’ in bid to cement power
Why did Myanmar’s military overthrow the government? And what does it mean for democracy?
Myanmar minorities fear renewed violence after military coup
Another peace conference has ended with little more than a plan to keep negotiating.
In Myanmar’s Rakhine, families of the disappeared seek answers
One evening, as Ma Nway* and her family were having dinner, soldiers from Myanmar’s armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, came to her house and asked for her husband. According to her account, they blindfolded him, took out their guns and beat him in front of her. “At the time, …
Vote cancellations trigger outrage among Myanmar minority voters
More than 1.5 million people in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden areas have been politically disenfranchised after the country’s election commission scrapped voting in those areas in next month’s general election, deepening concerns about the credibility of the country’s first poll since Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a …
Birth In My Village - Memunatu
Comic series / Part 1: In Sierra Leone’s rural areas, far from hospital treatment, the majority of women and girls give birth at home. If complications arise the consequences can be life-altering.
My Stolen Future - Heela
Comic series / Part 2 - For many school girls in Sierra Leone, pregnancy means the end of formal schooling and an uncertain future.
My Punishment - Tetteh
Comic series / Part 4: In Sierra Leone, laws are vague, poorly defined and disproportionately affect women. When Tetteh arrived in prison she was 3 months pregnant.
The Devil At My Door - Kadiatu
Comic series / Part 3: In Sierra Leone, trust in healthcare facilities is low and traditional medicine can be a cheaper alternative. This can be deadly for mothers and their children.
Rohingya accuse Bangladesh officers of abuse over hunger strike
What the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh need is not more aid, but a way to return home to Myanmar safely.
Rakhine: Where the military is more feared than the coronavirus
Yangon, Myanmar – On the night of September 3, Thar Hla* was restless, and it was not just because he was sharing a concrete floor with approximately 70 people. “After hearing loud firing, I felt like the quarantine centre wasn’t safe,” the 32-year-old told Al Jazeera by phone from his …
Traditional healers help doctors reach patients in Sierra Leone
In a country where most people visit healers, some are stepping in to bridge the trust gap between the old and the new.
China's dams exacerbated extreme drought in lower Mekong: Study
Southeast Asian countries would have likely experienced a much less severe drought last year if it were not for China's dams, a new study says, prompting a pushback from the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission (MRC). The 4,000-km (2,485-mile) Mekong is one of the world's longest rivers - winding through China, …
Guatemala health officials fired, investigated for corruption
Two deputy health ministers in Guatemala were fired this week amid revelations of an alleged corruption ring inside the ministry.
Mexico judge orders release of migrants vulnerable to coronavirus
Mexico must release detained migrants vulnerable to COVID-19 and grant them temporary residence rights, a judge ruled.
Scotland sees concerning rise in non-coronavirus deaths
Glasgow, Scotland - Non-coronavirus deaths in Scotland have risen since the pandemic took hold, amid warnings of "eerily quiet" hospital departments as vulnerable people miss out on medical care. Scottish deaths in late March and early April were 60 percent higher than the five-year average - with less than half …
Chile protesters move off streets amid coronavirus outbreak
A 90-day state of catastrophe is in effect to address the spread of COVID-19 in Chile, which has 238 confirmed cases.