Trade between the once-thriving border towns of Muse and Ruili is restarting after nearly three years, but remains restricted to a trickle of trucks, with Myanmar wary of the COVID-19 surge in China.
The regime's sudden decision has hobbled Myanmar citizens seeking better lives overseas and risks depriving migrant workers of legal protections, with rights groups suspecting a ploy to target dissidents.
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Environmentalists fear the junta is ignoring its climate change mitigation commitments and putting climate-vulnerable Myanmar in a more precarious position.
Amid turmoil and uncertainty, some Myanmar youth have gone overseas or are choosing to remain abroad despite facing financial challenges and survivor’s guilt.
The regime’s push for solar power to rescue Myanmar from massive blackouts has failed, and a new Chinese gas plant and hydropower provide controversial alternatives.
Families of detained protesters had their hopes dashed Sunday after political prisoners were not included in some 1,600 people released by the junta to mark Thingyan, the Buddhist New Year.
There are already signs that the coup has prompted an increase in illegal mining and logging, and regime economic policies are set to compound the environmental destruction at a time when activists and communities are unable to push back.
Experts warn that the post-coup crackdown that has displaced more than 100,000 children in Myanmar and left many without one or both of their parents will leave lasting scars.