Vox Pop: Adjusting business outlooks for an adjusted exchange rate

DMG 28 Aug 2022

The junta-controlled Central Bank of Myanmar early this month adjusted the official exchange rate from K1,850 to K2,100 per US dollar, a move that economists say will increase the prices of imports. The exchange rate has since reached around K3,000 per dollar in the open market.

Vox Pop: Observers share views on renewed fighting in northern Arakan

DMG 25 Aug 2022

Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army (AA) reached an informal ceasefire agreement ahead of the country’s November 2020 general election, after some two years of often-intense fighting in Arakan State. Military tensions have escalated this month, however, with clashes increasing in frequency and casualties reported on both sides, as well as hundreds of civilians displaced.

Vox Pop: Remembering ‘rice crisis day’ in Arakan State

DMG 13 Aug 2022

August 13 marked the 55th anniversary of “rice crisis day” in Arakan State, a date of tragic brutality in 1967, under the rule of dictator General Ne Win and his Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP). That year, Arakanese people faced severe food insecurity and starvation after a cyclone in May badly affected rice yields and the government refused to provide sufficient supplies of the stable grain, having instead over-allocated rice for export. Due to the scarcity, even those who could afford it were unable to buy rice. Some people in Arakan resorted to eating taro root and roselle, while others starved to death.  

Wife of Ponnagyun detainee: ‘We did nothing wrong, so my husband said he’d go with them’

DMG 24 Jun 2022

That day, two soldiers came to our shop to buy rope. We sell building materials. One of them was an officer and the other was a private. They left by motorbike after paying. AA members showed up when they arrived some distance from our shop. At that time we didn’t know they were AA members. They tried to seize them. It was followed by a fight. One of them was pushed onto the road in front of the township administration department. Another was pushed into the ditch. 

Vox Pop: Arakanese offer praise for AA on ethnic armed group’s 13th birthday

DMG 10 Apr 2022

Sunday marked the 13th anniversary of the founding of the Arakan Army (AA), which was established by 26 young people on April 10, 2009, in Kachin State’s Laiza, the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The Arakan Army now counts thousands of soldiers among its ranks, and has established a strong presence in Arakan State, both militarily and administratively

Vox Pop: Thingyan New Year’s Wishes

DMG 09 Apr 2022

As Myanmar Buddhists prepare to welcome a new year, it is the third consecutive under threat of pandemic and the second consecutive under military rule. Economic circumstances are dire for many, but optimism remains. Prominent Arakanese figures and residents have shared their wishes for Myanmar’s Buddhist New Year with DMG as the country looks ahead to ME 1384.

Vox Pop: Could proposed talks between Arakan Army and NUG bear fruit?

DMG 29 Mar 2022

Last week, the anti-junta National Unity Government (NUG) extended an offer to the United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA) to hold informal talks, with a focus on how best to go about overthrowing Myanmar’s military regime and establishing a federal democracy.

Vox Pop: Neighbourly relations discussed

DMG 01 Mar 2022

As the Arakan Army (AA) and its political wing, the United League of Arakan (ULA), strive to expand their influence among the diverse peoples of Arakan State, the ULA/AA recently expressed their desire to also build better relations with neighbouring Bangladesh. To that end, the ULA/AA issued a statement marking International Mother Language Day on February 21, calling on the communities either side of the Naf River, which separates the two geographically, to strengthen ties politically, economically, diplomatically and culturally.

ANC/AA leader: ‘Federalism and democracy are two sides of the same coin’

Khaing Roe La 22 Feb 2022

With Myanmar’s politics upended by the military coup more than one year ago, anti-regime forces have largely coalesced around the need for a future Myanmar that is based on federalism. However, the exact contours of that system remain the subject of much debate and differing visions. 

Vox Pop: Can new pre-flight Covid testing help stop the spread?

DMG 18 Feb 2022

All air passengers, including those who are fully vaccinated, are now required to submit a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of their flight in order to board, the Arakan State Department of Public Health announced last week. DMG has compiled a selection of views on the Covid-19 testing of flight passengers, while other forms of travel remain unrestricted and not subject to any kind of testing requirement. 

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