Friday, May 06, 2016
The Myanmar Times

The trashing of Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda

Every year, nearly 2 million pilgrims visit Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State to pay respects - and take selfies - with a remarkable shrine known colloquially as the "Golden Rock". But with more traffic comes trash, and pagoda authorities are struggling to keep up with the mounting flow of garbage the pagoda's visitors are leaving.

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Drought at Inle Lake

Fears of a major drought are being realized at Myanmar's second largest lake, where rising temperatures of hot season have combined with an unusually strong El Niño weather phenomenon to lower the already-disappearing lake to dangerously low levels. The Myanmar Times' Aung Khant captures the impact on local villagers who rely on the region's waterways not only to make their livings, but to get around.

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Myanmar migrants in Thailand

Over 3 million Myanmar citizens live and work in Thailand. Award-winning Myanmar Times staff photographer Zarni Phyo takes us inside the lives of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, with touching photos of work and leisure in a community at constant threat of abuse, exploitation, and arrest.

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On the front lines in northern Shan State

Clashes between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South and the largely Palaung-speaking Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) have broken out across northern Shan State since early February. Myanmar Times Director of Photography Kaung Htet spent time in Northern Shan State this week, with refugees in Kyaukme townships, and with Tatmadaw and RCSS fighters on the conflict's front lines.

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Lethwei pays its respects

Mudon, in Mon State, would seen an unlikely home to the country's largest lethwei event. But for the last decade years, practitioners of Myanmar's traditional martial art convene from around the country to celebrate the birthday of prominent monk Sayadaw Win Sein.

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