An increasing number of Myanmar people are selling kidneys as a quick-fix solution to poverty and debt, with many donors going to India for transplants and telling lies to have them approved.
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Across rural Myanmar, villagers who once volunteered to help stop the spread of COVID-19 are instead fleeing from military crackdowns or joining armed resistance. By.
The military has taken over Myanmar’s courts and moved them inside prisons to prosecute anti-regime activists, as calls grow for judges to join the mass strike of civil servants.
As the economy continues to struggle under the junta's mismanagement, people in Myanmar are now contending with daily power outages and water shortages.
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.
Western-led state-building initiatives in Myanmar have long promoted a neoliberal model of development and democratisation that has inadvertently benefited the military over everyone else in Myanmar.