The woes of war in western Myanmar have been exacerbated by Cyclone Mocha, with already-struggling residents saying they have still received no assistance, and even accusing the military of launching fresh attacks during the storm.
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As the National Unity Government enters its second year of existence, it faces the herculean task of simultaneously governing and fighting a war against the military with limited resources.
Fighting in Magway and Sagaing regions is wreaking havoc with the livelihood of farmers, disrupting the harvest and preventing crops from getting to the market.
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.