Poppy Mcpherson

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17 May 2019 | 9:13 PM

World Bank under fire for development plan in Myanmar's divided Rakhine

YANGON (Reuters) - Aid groups and human rights advocates have warned the World Bank that a $100 million development project it is planning for Myanmar’s conflict-riven Rakhine State could worsen tension there.

15 May 2019 | 2:50 PM

'People are dying': U.N. official urges aid access for Myanmar's Rakhine state

YANGON (Reuters) - A U.N. official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers "predictable, sustained access" to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last year, saying lack of aid has cost lives.

8 May 2019 | 8:44 AM

In exile in Bangladesh, a bittersweet revival of Rohingya culture

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Chain-smoking singer Gudar Mia, who recently turned 80 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, lit another cigarette, closed his eyes, and crooned the opening words of a Rohingya folk song.

7 May 2019 | 11:03 AM

More than 500 days in prison: For journalists jailed in Myanmar, a long fight for freedom

YANGON (Reuters) - Convicted of breaking Myanmar's Official Secrets Act, Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had spent more than 500 days in jail when they were freed on Tuesday.

24 Apr 2019 | 8:17 AM

In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp where he lives, and translated the latest warning, sent over the WhatsApp messaging app.

23 Mar 2019 | 8:11 PM

Exclusive - U.N. draws up plans to 'facilitate' Rohingya relocation to island

YANGON (Reuters) - The United Nations is making plans to help Bangladesh relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, documents seen by Reuters show, a move opposed by many refugees and that some human rights experts fear could spark a new crisis.

18 Mar 2019 | 2:14 PM

Rohingya 'lost generation' struggle to study in Bangladesh camps

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walked to his school in southern Bangladesh in late January, as he had done most days for the previous six years, to find that - despite being one of the top students in his class - he had been expelled.

5 Feb 2019 | 8:15 PM

Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps, says refugees' plight 'shames us all'

COX'S BAZAR (Reuters) - U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday visited camps in Bangladesh for Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and condemned the world's failure to prevent a crisis that saw 730,000 people driven from their homes.

29 Jan 2019 | 12:38 PM

Myanmar Suu Kyi's party set to challenge army-drafted charter - sources

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's ruling party was set on Tuesday to propose changes to the constitution, a lawmaker and a party source said, its biggest challenge in nearly three years to the military power enshrined in the charter.

11 Jan 2019 | 8:38 PM

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defence had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.