About 250 desperate Rohingya refugees reached western Indonesia on a decrepit, overcrowded wooden boat Thursday, bringing the total number reported by local officials to have arrived this week to nearly 600.
As public healthcare deteriorates, some are looking to invigorate the private sector, but bureaucratic dysfunction and regime crackdowns on dissident medics are denying opportunities to all but the well-connected.
Hungry for cash and unable to collect tax in resistance strongholds in Sagaing, the regime has taken the unusual step of revoking sought-after liquor licences in the region and transferring them to compliant businesses in Yangon.
Ko Bobo has emerged as one of the most respected resistance commanders in Kayah State, risking his life to protect the area’s Christian and Buddhist heritage and demanding justice for all Myanmar’s religious groups.
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.