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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Young people have long contributed to change in Myanmar, but there has been little space for them to be actively involved as decision makers in the current peace process.