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.
Doctors say a much-feared COVID-19 fourth wave might not be as bad as expected, but the weakened currency caused by the country’s political turmoil means that healthcare is out of reach for much of the population.
The Myanmar military’s brutal methods to try to end the widespread resistance to its rule have included the use of sexual violence and torture in interrogation, against men and women, often leading to long-lasting physical and psychological damage.
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.