Pakistani protesters rally against ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, holding a placard that reads, "Wake up rulers of Muslim countries," in Lahore Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The U.N. refugee agency said some 123,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar on Aug. 25, and that established refugee camps were now at "breaking point."
The carnage and the prospect of losing Myanmar's elephants have inspired a broad response. An NGO consortium that includes the World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society, Grow Back for Posterity, the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, Fauna & Flora International Myanmar, and Friends of Wildlife has joined to bolster and promote elephant protection in Myanmar. Its public face, Voices for Momos ("elephants," more or less), made an exuberant splash in early November when local artists installed three imaginatively colored giant elephants--one 21 feet high, perhaps the world's largest papier mâché sculpture--in downtown Yangon. Outreach teams are now fanning out to encourage villagers to watch for and report poaching.
Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait by the side of a road for news from family members about their new shelters near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Refugee camps were already beyond capacity and new arrivals were staying in schools or huddling in makeshift settlements with no toilets along roadsides and in open fields.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. In many ways, Myanmar's agricultural industry holds an enviable position in Southeast Asia. The country is home to "unusually fertile soils and abundant water source[s]" and is said to have "the most favorable agricultural conditions in all of Asia," according to the World Bank.