A decade displaced, septuagenarian still holds out hope for home return

DMG 25 Feb 2022

But on June 12, 2012, Daw San Phyu’s family nest collapsed. Inter-communal conflict in Arakan State was spreading from town to town, and had reached Sittwe. She and her family were forced to flee along with thousands of other Muslims in several villages and towns across Arakan State. 

In Deserts Created From War, Family Is Our Oasis

Moe Yan Htet (Kun Taung) 01 Feb 2022

By early 2019, our family and many others in northern Arakan State were displaced. Some houses were torched, some people were killed or wounded by the war, and some were arrested.

For IDP teachers, class continues despite displacement’s hardships

DMG 15 Jan 2022

Seven-year-old children, folding their arms in respect for the classroom they are a part of, repeat loudly what their teacher reads. The children, as well as the teacher, are victims of war, and the classroom is located in an internally displaced person (IDP) camp.

Is There No Justice for Victims of Conflict in Arakan State?

Akriz 23 Sep 2021

A man who collects plastic bottles was arrested by the military in Kyauktaw, and his body was dismembered and dumped in a polythene bag. The corpse was so disfigured that he was scarcely recognizable. A tattoo of the name Su Hlaing Win, his beloved daughter, was still visible on his severed arm, a tragic way to have to identify a body. 

A Snapshot of Civil War

18 Jul 2021

“My wife told me that she did not have her two legs. My second son told me, crying, that he’d lost his legs. My third son is dead,” Ko Oo Maung said of the tragedy that befell his family on April 4, 2021. 

A Refuge for the Elderly in Sittwe

Khine Phone Thu Thu Zaw 07 Jul 2021

From birth onward, the natural progression to old age, sickness, and death is one of the things that most will inevitably experience. We strive to experience the essence of happiness as we struggle to live a higher standard of life before we die.

Minbya Widows Wonder: Can Truth and Justice Be Exhumed?

Thurein 05 Jul 2021

They were killed after entering a forest situated east of Min Ywar village to look for firewood in March 2020, during a period of intense fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) in northern Arakan State.

Mother, Son Face Hardships From a Sittwe Hovel

Mrat Swe 16 Jun 2021

Daw Ma Than Shwe suffers from hypertension, which at its worst can result in temporary unconsciousness for the septuagenarian. She cannot afford to go to the local health clinic, however, and instead has to rely on medicines from mom-and-pop drug stores.

A Grisly Murder on the Banks of the Kaladan and One Widow’s Search for Justice

Khin Tharaphy Oo 21 May 2021

The Kaladan River is a place full of memories and longing for Ma Su Chay. The memory of her husband’s severed body parts washed up along the banks of the river will not soon leave her, in a world that is so different — marked by added hardship and sadness — than it was a year ago. 

Dim Existences Amid Stale Smoke at Tin Nyo IDP Camp

Aung Htein 07 Apr 2021

People were searching the wreckage, looking for anything still usable. The air was filled with a smoky smell as kitchenware and boxes could be seen scattered across the scorched earth. 

In Arakan’s War, 36 Days in a Pit From Hell

Aung Htein 25 Mar 2021

“Bullets are falling like rain. Artillery shells are landing; it looks like earthquakes are rocking. I have never seen such a situation in my life,” Daw Hla Yin Oo, a woman in her 40s, recalls of her experience last March in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township.

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