Myanmar faces entrenched drug problem

Yangon, Myanmar – The eradication of illegal narcotics has been declared a top priority by Myanmar’s new civilian government under Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. State Chancellor Suu Kyi instructed government ministers to implement a ramped-up, 100-day plan at the start of May, according to U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President’s Office. […]

Fighting north Myanmar’s addiction curse with sticks and prayers

Armed with batons and the bible, church-backed vigilantes are taking the fight against northern Myanmar’s heroin epidemic into their own hands — deepening the fallout from a drugs trade already feeding conflict and corruption in the region. On the leafy banks of the Irrawaddy river, locals from Katcho village in Kachin state tread carefully among […]