About 400 odd-job workers are facing financial hardship after the Arakan State government suspended operations at a border trade camp in the capital Sittwe, according to the labourers. 

A 66-year-old man from Nga Tauk Tu Chay village in Rathedaung Township, Arakan State, who was severely injured when he stepped on a landmine on July 8, has died at Sittwe Hospital.

The hardships of everyday life for tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) — worries about having adequate food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare — are such that few have the time or interest at the moment to pay much attention to the upcoming 2020 general election, IDPs say. 

About 2,000 internally displaced people are taking refuge in six government-built IDP camps in Arakan State’s Mrauk-U, Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun, Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, according to the Rakhine Ethnics Congress.

Ahead of a planned return to the classroom for high schoolers on July 21, the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) has highlighted public concerns that have arisen as coronavirus infections continue to rise in Myanmar and across the globe.

A 66-year-old man from Nga Tauk Tu Chay village in Rathedaung Township, Arakan State, was severely injured after stepping on a landmine on July 8, according to local residents.

Four people from Zin Chaung village in Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township were detained by a contingent of military and police personnel early Tuesday morning, with two of them released from police custody at about noon the same day, family members said. 

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) forced from their homes by ongoing conflict between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army has surged by more than 34,000 in one month, according to the Rakhine Ethnics Congress (REC), which put the total IDP tally at 190,708. 

Arakan State saw the highest number of civilian deaths linked to armed conflict nationwide last year, according to the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS).

A young man from Chet Phaut village in Taungup Township, Arakan State, was arrested by the Tatmadaw more than a month ago, but with no information yet made available as to his circumstances, family members say they are worried about him.


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