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 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.
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.
For more than 60 years, Karen rebels have been fighting a civil war against the government of Myanmar.
Workers from Myanmar have been heading to Thailand’s rubber plantations in search of money to build a better future.
But life in Thailand’s restive south, where most of Thailand’s rubber is produced, is hard and many migrants live in fear of being caught up in Thailand’s southern conflict.
Al Jazeera’s Aela Callan reports from Surat Thani in southern Thailand.
Some viewers may find the images in this report disturbing.
April 1994 – We travel to the trading town of Mandalay, north on the Burma road to the military stronghold of Lashio, and then on to a remote area in the Golden Triangle. The government hails this region as a success story in its anti-drugs campaign.
This is the home of the Wa tribe, once at war with the Burmese government and still claimed by drug agencies to be the biggest poppy growers in the world. While top army and police officers claim they are halting the heroin trade, critics say corruption is rife – some convoys carrying heroin are comprised of official vehicles.