Pauk Township, in central Myanmar’s Magway Region, has been one of the most heavily targeted parts of the country by junta forces. Residents there describe the daily restrictions and living under constant fear.
In Kayin State, military troops and an aligned Border Guard Force have been accused of using local villagers as human shields, and extorting them for millions of kyat as people flee their homes amid the conflict.
Yangon residents say that everyday crimes such as robberies and snatchings have drastically increased since the coup, with victims unwilling to report incidents to police due to a lack of trust in military-linked institutions.
The exploration of coal in Shan State is having a detrimental impact on the lives and livelihoods of local people, with issues including long-term injuries from left-over waste, smell pollution, and respiratory diseases.
Amid the ongoing conflict in Kayin State, the Myanmar military has been accused of indiscriminately shelling civilian areas and killing villagers – an accusation denied by an army POW – with women and children disproportionately affected.
Residents of conflict-stricken Kayah State have to deal not only with displacement
caused by the fighting, but also heavy restrictions on medicine and assistance, with junta forces accused
of destroying supplies meant for IDPs.
The military’s offensives in Kayin State, particularly KNU-controlled areas, has led to hundreds of thousands displaced and an unknown number killed. With much of the population reliant on their land for agricultural work, it’s also creating far-reaching economic difficulties.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.