With the hot season well underway, residents fear worsening cuts to come, while rising fuel prices and an increased reliance on gas generators threaten to send business costs and commodity prices soaring.
Military-linked social media accounts, mainly on Telegram, continue to dox activists and encourage violence, including assassinations. Although one of the most controversial accounts was recently removed from the platform, critics say Telegram is still not doing enough to regulate content.
With most charity groups in hiding and regular blood donors afraid or unwilling to donate at state-run facilities, illegal “blood brokers” are increasingly preying on those in need amid a blood shortage.
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.