Published on Aug 6, 2013
Inle Lake is the second-largest freshwater lake in Myanmar and home to the Inthe people. But the lake’s ecosystem is now under threat through overfishing, deforestation, pollution and silting.
Climate change is also having an impact. In 2010, extremely low water levels in the lake cut off access to the Hpaung Daw U Pagoda. That served as a wake-up call for local residents. The United Nations now supports a program promoting sustainable fishing, organic farming and raising awareness of conservation issues. Part of the initiative has been the introduction of a no-fish zone in the lake.
Published on Nov 21, 2012 by VOAvideo
Burma’s communal fighting in western Rakhine state this year has led many Buddhists and Muslims to question whether they can live together again as neighbors. President Obama drew attention to the issue during his historic visit to Burma. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.
Published on Oct 17, 2012 by PBSNewsHour
The Philippines have become increasingly vulnerable to human traffickers, who lure women of all ages and circumstances into prostitution and other forms of forced labor. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how Cecilia Oebanda’s Visayan Forum Foundation has worked with law enforcement to prevent more women from falling prey.
Published on Sep 10, 2012 by VOAvideo
Burma’s AIDS epidemic mostly affects marginalized groups, such as the gay community. In a country where homosexuality remains illegal, finding and treating gay patients is a challenge for the few health workers devoted to their treatment. VOA News reports that an annual religious event called a Nat festival, however, is one time when the gay community can network – and talk to health workers about treatment.
Published on Aug 26, 2012 by AsianDevelopmentBank
In Lao People’s Democratic, women and girls are faced with the hardship of collecting water for multiple purposes. They travel far distances and make numerous trips—often across uneven terrains. Ms. Buakham’s story is one of many whose life has changed as a result of an ADB-financed water supply system in Sing district. It has helped to ease women’s domestic burden and enhance their economic role through local markets and ecotourism opportunities. The system supplies piped water to more than 1,700 homes and businesses since it began operations in 2010.
A chapter of colonial history is slowly drawing to a close in Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot, where the last of the French citizens repatriated during the Indochina War still live.The first of the repatriated citizens originally from Vietnam arrived in the town of Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot in southwestern France in April 1956. Some were former parachutists; others were the widows of French officers, and their children. Today they are between 80 and 90 years old. For a long time, they lived in dilapidated barracks without indoor plumbing. Only in recent years has an effort been made to build new housing. But the residents of the makeshift repatriate camp never complained publically about their deplorable living conditions in France.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting an initiative to introduce tens of thousands of biogas systems in rural communities throughout Viet Nam. By turning waste to fuel, families save on their energy bills and enjoy a cleaner environment.
About 18,000 Burmese refugees have come to the United States each year since 2007. The communities where they have settled have tried to help them assimilate. A school and company in Howard County, Maryland have forged a partnership to teach refugee children by helping their parents learn English. VOA’s June Soh has the story.