South East Asia

| ASIA TODAY

Today's headlines: a group of (Syrian) migrants rescued on a small island along the Turkey-Greece border; drought and power shortages in the Yangtze delta, as water at its lowest since 1961; in Pakistan, an anti-polio vaccination team attacked, two escort agents killed; Egyptian soccer player Salah donates 150 thousand euros to rebuild the burned Giza church; in Russia, a Protestant community targeted by police. 


According to local sources, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, one of Myanmar's ethnic militias, is responsible for the double murder. In the last three months, at least five assassinations have been blamed on the group. Between 2016 and 2017, the Myanmar miliary targeted civilians in its response to attacks by the insurgent group.

| 11/08/2022
| BANGLADESH – MYANMAR
by Mathias Hariyadi

The ceremony of instalments took place yesterday after a two-year delay due to the pandemic. In the past, the prelate played a key role in the Malino II peace accord. The promotion of indigenous rights will be at the heart of his pastoral mission.

| 08/08/2022
| INDONESIA

So far 20 children have contracted the disease, but none are in serious conditions and the symptoms, fever and vomiting, are mild. Health workers blame poor hygiene and the lack of clean drinking water. The state is the scene of clashes between the military and rebel groups.

| 06/08/2022
| MYANMAR
by Mathias Hariyadi

SMAN 1 High School is located in Bantul. Backed by the principal, three teachers required students to wear the hijab, sparking an angry response from students who are backed by human rights and child advocacy groups. The governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region sacked the principal and the three teachers, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

| 05/08/2022
| INDONESIA

The year-long programme will end in August 2023, led by the guidelines set at the 10th World Meeting of families held in Rome in late June. Archbishop Leow will lead the inaugural Mass, on 21 August. The goal is to develop the theme chosen by the pope and study the encyclical Amoris Laetitia in depth.

| 04/08/2022
| MALAYSIA

Prisoners at the notorious Insein prison also held silent strikes in protest against the junta. More than a hundred people sentenced to death now fear more hangings. Two people died and at least nine were injured in an explosion and shooting in a town on the border with China.

| 03/08/2022
| MYANMAR
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