Myanmar unrest

Lonely life of Myanmar's boy soldiers

Min Thu, now 17, was recruited to the army five years ago by a businessman. Photo: AP

He disappeared when he was 12, a skinny boy named Min Thu from the wrong side of town who thought he had stumbled onto the golden ticket.

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013, 3:27am

Fragile calm in Rakhine after homes set ablaze

A woman tends to her child in her shop in Kone Tan Ward, Sittwe, western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

A tense calm returned to Myanmar's western state of Rakhine yesterday after rioters set four houses ablaze, the latest violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, officials said. The alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman by a motorcycle taxi driver in the coastal town of Thandwe triggered Sunday's flare-up, said Nay Lin, a police officer. Two suspects have been arrested, he added, and they were of a "different religion" from the victim.

2 Jul 2013 - 1:59am

Myanmar Muslims fear 'they'll be killed if they go outside'

Buddhist men brandish weapons on Wednesday as they roam through the town of Lashio, where several buildings were ransacked and at least one person was killed. Photo: AP

It was a terrifying sight: hundreds of angry, armed men on motorbikes advancing up a dusty street with no one to stop them. Shouting at the top of their lungs, clutching machetes and iron pipes and long bamboo poles, they thrust their fists repeatedly into the air.

31 May 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Cyclone Mahasen a 'dress rehearsal' for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

A Rakhine girl offers food to a Buddhist monk at the Min Gan Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon season weeks away. Myanmar's Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people - mainly Rohingya Muslims - displaced by sectarian unrest last year that claimed about 200 lives and saw whole villages razed.

21 May 2013 - 12:52am

Rights group calls for probe into Myanmar's sectarian killings

Satellite images show the central Myanmar town of Meiktila on December 13 (top) and the same area on March 27, 2013 following a wave of violence. Photo: AFP

The New York-based rights watchdog released satellite images which it said showed more than 800 buildings which were destroyed in the central town of Meikhtila, leaving several charred areas where homes and properties once stood.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:10am

Anti-Muslim 'radicals' driving Myanmar unrest, experts say

Men ride on a motorbike as others remove debris from a destroyed mosque, in Gyobingauk, about 125 miles from Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: AP

Two years after a repressive junta ceded power, Myanmar is grappling with a surge in religious extremism that experts trace to anti-Muslim “provocateurs” including radical Buddhist monks.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:24pm

Myanmar unrest death toll reaches 43: state media

A Muslim family sits in their home in Minhla March 29, 2013. Photo: Reuters

The death toll from recent communal violence in central Myanmar has risen to 43 with more than 1,300 homes and other buildings destroyed, state media reported on Saturday.

Sixty-eight people have been arrested in connection with the Buddhist-Muslim unrest, which has left 11,376 people homeless, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.

30 Mar 2013 - 2:28pm