The number of quarries in Mon State is quickly increasing and locals say authorities fail to regulate their environmental impact on farmlands.
Thousands of girls from poor families across Myanmar work as maids for wealthier households, and often face gruelling working hours and abuse.
Tens of thousands of poor men from across Myanmar seek their fortune at Hpakant’s jade mines, only to see their lives ruined by drug addiction.
Women’s activists and lawmakers say a stigma on single mothers should be addressed and youth sex education expanded to stop a rise in abandoned newborns.
Massive environmental damage, heavy mining, toiling labourers and open drug use are common sights in Kachin State’s jade mines.
Last year’s floods and other extreme weather events have prompted many farmers in Ayeyarwady Delta to leave some of their land fallow.
NLD is fielding the most candidates of any party in the upcoming election and is set to gain a large portion of seats in the Union Parliament if pre-polling predictions prove correct.
Holds an outright majority in both houses of parliament but the 2015 election looms as a completely different scenario.
The party has fielded six women candidates out of its 41 for 2015 General Election.
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