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Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State

YANGON, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment. full report

Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State

YANGON, 25 July 2014 (IRIN) - Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say. full report

Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence

YANGON, 15 July 2014 (IRIN) - In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured. full report

Flooding threat adds to woes of IDPs in Myanmar's Rakhine State

YANGON, 7 July 2014 (IRIN) - Recent heavy rain, coupled with the after-effects of a recent aid worker pull-out, is prompting health concerns in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State for the more than 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority. full report

Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate

YANGON, 26 June 2014 (IRIN) - Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013. full report

Bangladesh-Myanmar border tensions pinch desperate Rohingya

DHAKA, 19 June 2014 (IRIN) - Tensions are rising as the deteriorating humanitarian situation and limited access to livelihoods for Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar’s largely Buddhist Rakhine State lead to accusations that some are smuggling drugs across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh. full report

Bleak outlook for 96,000 Kachin IDPs three years on

WINEMAW, 27 May 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly three years after renewed fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, aid workers say the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in limbo, unsure of their future. full report

Kachin IDPs need shelter assistance

MYITKYINA, 14 May 2014 (IRIN) - Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State are in urgent need of shelter assistance ahead of this year’s mid-May to mid-September monsoon, local aid groups and agencies warn. full report

Slow progress in Myanmar’s leprosy fight

YANGON, 9 May 2014 (IRIN) - More than a decade after Myanmar achieved an important public health benchmark by declaring leprosy “eliminated”, progress in the fight against the disease and the disabilities it causes is patchy, experts warn. full report

Myanmar storm warnings get better

YANGON, 5 May 2014 (IRIN) - Six years after Cyclone Nargis devastated large parts of southern Myanmar, experts say the country is making progress in improving its storm early warning system. full report

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