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Renewed fighting in Rakhine between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army has brought renewed insecurity. As well as a lack of work due to the destroyed economy, young people now fear being forcibly recruited into an unpopular military by its newly enforced conscription law.

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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.

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