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  • Helping disabled earthquake victims

    September 19, 2016

    This group in Indonesia is helping physically disabled earthquake victims find work and hope in, using local bamboo to produce "electricity-free" bamboo "speakers" that amplify music.

  • 21st Century Panglong

    September 08, 2016

    Around 1,600 participants — government, military, parliament, political parties and civil society groups joined in the opening ceremony of 21st Century Panglong held in Naypyidaw Aug. 31- Sept. 4. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also attended the event which Myanmar State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi opened. SuuKyi's father, General Aung San reached an agreement giving autonomy to the Kachin, Shan and Chin ethnic groups in 1947 but the deal was never fulfilled. After the 1947 conference, Aung San was assassinated and the ethnic groups took up arms against the central government. The grievances of the country's minority groups reach back seven decades, underpinning just why Myanmar's minority ethnic groups see such a tough road ahead despite a concerted effort by the new government. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has pledged to prioritize the peace process in the country.