What it was like to escape the Kandawgyi Palace inferno

Bangkok resident David Powers, 40, his wife, and daughter were staying at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon last night while they visit friends here. In the early hours of the morning, the family was awakened as flames engulfed the hotel. David and his family made it out safely, but one guest was killed in the blaze. David told ...

Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh

Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh

by Alexandre MARCHAND Nearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps...

Myanmar army massacres dozens in single Rohingya village: HRW

Myanmar army massacres dozens in single Rohingya village: HRW

The Myanmar army executed dozens of Rohingya Muslims in a single village in Rakhine State on August 27, according to survivors of the massacre now staying in refugee camps in...

‘Skin and bones’: doctors fear for malnourished Rohingya children

‘Skin and bones’: doctors fear for malnourished Rohingya children

by Sam Jahan and Nick Perry The five-year-old Rohingya boy was so emaciated that doctors could not insert a drip into his tiny arm, one of thousands of children facing...

Boat capsize compounds tragedy for Rohingya refugees; 60 feared dead

Boat capsize compounds tragedy for Rohingya refugees; 60 feared dead

(UPDATED) More than 60 Rohingya refugees are feared dead after a boat carrying them from Myanmar capsized, leaving distraught relatives to hold burials on Friday in squalid...

Refugee family hunters bring hope to Rohingya children

Refugee family hunters bring hope to Rohingya children

by Claire COZENS Seven-year-old Hasina only sat down for a moment’s rest from chasing aid trucks that are a lifeline for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. When she got up she...

Hindus recount massacre in Myanmar as mass graves unearthed

Hindus recount massacre in Myanmar as mass graves unearthed

by Nick Perry / Sam JAHAN Rika Dhar watched as her husband, two brothers and countless neighbors were brutally hacked to death with machetes by masked men who stormed their Hindu...

Kite Tales co-founder takes on Myanmar racism with powerful storytelling

Kite Tales co-founder takes on Myanmar racism with powerful storytelling

“My heart has been breaking in the past few weeks,” writes Myanmar journalist Thin Lei Win in a Facebook post that has been shared hundreds of times since Sunday. This...

‘No way back’ in Myanmar’s crucible of communal hate

‘No way back’ in Myanmar’s crucible of communal hate

by Aidan JONES Hindus once sold food to Rohingyas, spoke the same language and even cut the hair of their Muslim neighbors. But co-existence among the collage of ethnicities in...

Witnesses recall a Buddhist mob assault on Muslim neighbors in central Myanmar

Witnesses recall a Buddhist mob assault on Muslim neighbors in central Myanmar

By Htet Khaung Linn and Aung Nyein Chan On the evening of September 10 in Magwe Region’s Taungdwingyi Township, a group of masked men set out to destroy Muslim-owned businesses...


 

Coconuts Yangon Features

Features are among our favorite things to publish here at Coconuts Yangon, mainly because they allow us to delve deep into a really cool/exciting/interesting aspect of life in Yangon or Myanmar in general. Although our daily news updates are sharp and generally designed to be read while on the go, our features are where readers come when they’re sitting back with a nice cup of tea and want to read some in-depth pieces that aren’t always necessarily timely, but are all equally engaging and thought-provoking. If you have a really large chunk of free time on your hands, take a look through our dedicated ‘Long Reads’ section where the articles may be long (who would’ve thunk), but they’re also so fascinating that you’ll be too engrossed by the research to pay attention to the length. In the past, we’ve interviewed people who are working to preserve the city’s rich heritage, investigated what’s prompting Myanmar youth to ditch their chosen English names for their given Myanmar ones, and published unique op-eds on a range of topics by individuals from various fields — and there are still loads more pieces that we’re currently working on and even more that we’re planning on working on. Regardless of whether it falls under the topic of art, history, science, sports, or literally anything else, if it pertains to Myanmar and is something we ourselves would like to read, then we’re writing it. Conversely, if there’s a piece that you’d like to read that no local media, including ourselves, has written, feel free to send us a pitch. In the meantime, make a cup of yay nway gyan, settle down, and happy reading!