Following the devastation of Cyclone Mocha, the Arakan Army says it will work with the military regime to help people in Rakhine, but that cooperative spirit appears to be one-sided, with the junta still facing accusations of holding up aid for political purposes.
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In an adapted extract from his new book 'Return of the Junta: Why Myanmar’s military must go back to the barracks', journalist Oliver Slow reports on his September 2017 trip to the refugee camps in Bangladesh at the height of the Myanmar military’s crackdown against the Rohingya.
Defectors and prisoners of war can be a valuable source of information to resistance forces, but intel can be difficult to verify, and they sometimes become a burden to their hosts.
A spate of clashes between resistance forces has led to calls for a conflict resolution mechanism, with some demanding immediate justice while others say it should wait until after the revolution.
Political prisoners across Myanmar have continued to express dissent from inside, often with violent consequences, as tensions simmer with prison officials.
Myanmar's military authorities announced a third six-month extension to a state of emergency on Wednesday, effectively delaying elections the junta had pledged to hold by August, citing instability caused by continued resistance attacks as the reason for the move.
Resistance forces have humiliated coup leader Min Aung Hlaing but victory may require a lengthy struggle, and society must stay resilient in the meantime.
Mothers who have lost sons, young women training as combat medics –none of Myanmar's population has been left untouched by the tumult that has engulfed the country since the military coup two years ago.
Some powerful ethnic armed groups are increasingly throwing their weight behind Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement, seemingly defying China and other allies to take on the military.