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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Thousands of customers have lost access to their accounts and others are facing arrest, as the regime puts Myanmar’s largest private bank in a stranglehold in order to block funding to the resistance.
On Wednesday, 16 years and a secret journey out of Myanmar later, the camera of slain Japanese jounalist Kenji Nagai was handed back to his family, who hope the footage will hold clues to the final moments of his life.
Cross-border cargo companies are seeing a surge in business, which is also good news for the military regime collecting taxes and checkpoint bribes.
Myanmar businesses have been setting up shop in Thailand since it decriminalised cannabis last year, while back in Myanmar, a pioneering dispensary has opened in an area controlled by the armed resistance.
The raging conflict and the junta’s crackdown on civil society has made it more difficult for civilians in central Myanmar to access water, forcing them to undertake dangerous journeys or drink from unhealthy sources.
Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon met for talks with top officials from Myanmar’s junta on Monday as the bloody conflict engulfing the country spirals.
The military regime’s rationing of fuel consumption to lower Myanmar’s import bill has fuelled illegal sales, while hoarding by businesses and profiteering by speculators have hiked the price of petrol and other goods.
Farmers and other land-owners have no legal recourse against a regime using war to seize land for military bases, client corporations and grandiose infrastructure projects.
The coup has inflicted all kinds of suffering on older people, ranging from fiery deaths in burning villages to grieving for sons and daughters killed.