Tyler Chapman spent a week among Burmese refugees and exiles in Thailand in February. He found that few, if any, have found happiness in their flight from the oppression back home.
Nearly two and a half million people have been affected by a cyclone that tore through Burma on May 3rd. The military rulers have prevented international aid from reaching those in need, raising concerns that there will be a second wave of deaths from dehydration, starvation and disease. Supplies are now starting to trickle into the Irrawady Delta but for some, it's already too late. Video: AFP
China now forecasts that the death toll from a devastating May 12 earthquake could reach 50,000, with damage up to U.S. $20 billion. Residents in some of the worst-hit areas photographed the damage and relief efforts in recent days and sent these images to RFA’s Cantonese service.
A veteran journalist finds Maymo, formerly a sleepy Burmese hill station, is now a key element in the junta's efforts to shore up the military and develop nuclear power. It's also the nerve center of their bid to take decisive control of the Internet.
Nearly 78,000 people have died and 56,000 are missing in the wake of Burma’s devastating Cyclone Nargis, state-run media report. International aid agencies say the death toll could surge further, amid new storms, aid delays, and reports of cholera in the impoverished Southeast Asian country.
China now says more than 50,000 people may have died in a devastating earthquake in Sichuan province—as rescue workers now shift their focus from finding survivors to recovering the dead.
As Chinese authorities in Sichuan province have handed down jail terms and arrested more nuns for joining demonstrations, in Nepal Tibetan women, including nuns, clashed with police in the capital, Kathmandu, on May 12, 2008.
Monks play a pivotal role in Burma, and never more so than in times of crisis. In his reporter's diary, veteran journalist Tyler Chapman describes what he observed of this unique relationship between monks and lay citizens when he attended the Ananda Festival in Bagan this year.
In video footage shot by the opposition, Burmese people speak about having lost loved ones, about entire neighborhoods being flattened, about the first emergency camps being built.
This video shot secretly, in April 2008, in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture shows closed monasteries but defiant monks who speak openly about their hope for a return of the Dalai Lama.
"It's as if they want to change the way we are," said a lama about the Chinese authorities. Monks in Tibet are struggling to continue practicing their faith in the face of huge political pressure.