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As conflict escalates between resistance and junta forces in Sagaing and Magway regions, junta-appointed administrators are forcing employers in Yangon and Mandalay to fire workers from those areas in what appears to be a form of collective punishment.

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So-called squatter families, or informal residents, in Yangon have long been marginalised from society. Since the coup, however, their difficulties have increased, with many forcibly removed from their homes, leaving them unable to work or afford to send their children to school.
Eastern Myanmar’s Kayah State has been one of the areas hardest hit by conflict since the coup, with the military recently accused of laying landmines "on a massive scale" in the state. Those living with disabilities face particular difficulties, as they are often unable to flee when fighting reaches them.
With Myanmar’s healthcare system in disarray since last year’s coup, many “traditional medicine” practitioners are filling the gap and using the internet to offer “miracle cure” products and services, which may be putting lives at risk. Legal experts say the country does not have strong enough laws to tackle the issue.

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