An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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On Saturday, the 10 major rebel groups that are signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement met virtually to discuss the situation, condemning the junta’s use.
With youth flocking to join the Kachin Independence Army since the Tatmadaw took power, Frontier spoke to the young Kachin who believe armed revolution is the only way forward.
On Saturday, the Karen National Union condemned the use of "excessive force by engaging in non-stop bombing and air strikes" from March 27 - 30, which have "caused the deaths of many people including children".
Hundreds of thousands of workers have fled joblessness and state violence in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township, but without jobs waiting in their home villages a mass exodus to foreign labour markets may be on the horizon.