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.
The coup has exposed fractures in the Karen National Union, with high-ranking members publicly disagreeing on how involved the group should be in anti-military resistance. An upcoming congress could determine the direction of one of Myanmar’s most influential ethnic armed groups.
When the Myanmar military reopened the nation’s schools in November, millions of students found themselves forced to choose between maintaining the boycott of state services and losing even more of their education.
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.