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A 13-year-old girl is still receiving medical treatment in Dawei District after being beaten unconscious in October by her employers, who demanded her parents hand over their four daughters as collateral for their debts.
The recent beheading of a National Unity Government teacher in Magway Region highlights dangers faced by teachers and students in conflict zones. Students, parents and education officials speak out in Gangaw District, despite phone and internet restrictions.
The United Nations has warned that Myanmar’s children could become a lost generation. Since the military coup, at least a quarter of a million have had to flee from their homes, hundreds have been arrested, and hundreds killed. There are many more who have witnessed horrific violence, which psychologists say could leave them deeply traumatised.

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This week, we talk to residents of a town in Sagaing Region where the unofficial COVID-19 death rate is many times higher than the official one; and where accessing treatment is fraught with obstacles and danger.

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