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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A boycott of the state lottery launched after the February 1 coup has been so effective that the draw has twice been postponed, but it has also left distributors and retailers with millions of unsold tickets.
With Myanmar's legal economy tanking following weeks of nationwide unrest and strike action against the military's government takeover, the United Nations warns of a coming deluge of illicit, cross-border trade.
A monitoring group says security forces have killed close to 90 people across the country, including several children, in what is being described as "a new low" for the regime.
The military regime has struggled to achieve international recognition since taking control of Myanmar, and it said that only eight international delegations attended Saturday's event, including China and Russia.
A University of Oslo sociologist called the Civil Disobedience Movement an exemplary response to the military's power grab that could "inspire other non-violent pro-democracy movements elsewhere at a time when democracy is under pressure from authoritarian forces".
"So many people die in Myanmar by the guns of the military," Han Lay, who is in Bangkok competing for the Miss Grand International crown, told Thai media. "Please save us," she called to the world.
At about 4 am Friday, an attacker hurled a Molotov cocktail at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon, causing a brief fire that was put "under control" within an hour, a party official said.