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Beyond Borders | - UNHCR On Myanmar Refugees, Our long COVID, 'Missing' Women Photojournalists

Beyond Borders | - UNHCR On Myanmar Refugees, Our long COVID, 'Missing' Women Photojournalists
By Reporting ASEAN • Issue #5 • View online
In the nearly four months after the Myanmar coup in February, more people have been fleeing the country, or having to think of this option.
In early May, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released an update on the crisis: At least 10,000 people have fled across either Myanmar’s border to the west, to India, or to the south-east, across to Thailand since the Feb 1 coup. UNHCR has prepared relief items for more than 16,000 refugees, assuming it gets access to the refugees, especially at the border with Thailand. We talk to UNHCR’s Catherine Stubberfield about the situation, including the fact that Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Our infographic gives an update on the arrests of journalists in Myanmar, which have now reached 83. Of these, 47 are still in detention, and the first conviction of a journalist. Still on Myanmar, Venezuela’s TeleSUR TV station called us up to discuss the situation there a few days ago.
Also in our news menu is a look at the race (and stumbles) toward more, and faster, vaccination in Southeast Asia. It’s lockdown season again: even Laos, spared the worst in 2020, is now in lockdown and has reported its first two deaths. Thailand has seen a record number of new daily cases, exceeding 9,600 on 17 May. It’s also shopping for just about all vaccine brands, aims to start mass vaccination in less than two weeks and – to vaccinate 70% of Bangkok residents in two months.
A Filipino student’s personal account below reminds us of the continued human toll of COVID-19, amid its massive resurgence across the world. The infodemic continues, but there are some creative efforts at addressing this, such as an online game-cum- lesson from Malaysia we report about.
To wrap up our story mix, we delve into the lack of women photojournalists in Southeast Asia’s newsrooms (“Can women do video?”), and an offbeat visual story on a team of Lao photographers’ discoveries in the remote villages of their country.
-Johanna Son, Editor/founder, Reporting ASEAN

1 Myanmar On Our Minds
UNHCR: ’No One Chooses To Be A Refugee’
Update on the media crackdown
2 Our 'Long COVID'
(‘Long COVID’ is the term used to refer to lingering symptoms for weeks, months after recovering from COVID-19)
Vaccination in Southeast Asia: It’s Complicated
I am among the one million Filipinos who had COVID-19. My Papa was one of the 17,800 people who died from it.
3 #mediaonmedia
Her Lens: Where are Southeast Asia's Photojournalists?
The Name of the (Misinformation) Game? Our Choices
PLUS: Our survey report ‘News Habits and COVID-19: A Southeast Asian Lens’ is now in our e-Library!
News Habits And Covid 19: A Southeast Asian Lens
4 On Laos
Laos: To See And Be Seen
5 Clickworthy
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill
The Coup in Myanmar/Burma: Collective Trauma and Resilience
Why nothing is going to change at Singapore Press Holdings
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