What Does it Mean to Live in Myanmar Now?

As a result of the fast spreading of civil war, the civilians had to flee for safety either to the jungle or to other villages or towns considered safer. In the conflict zones, the military forces would shoot anyone found in the streets and arrest anyone caught de­livering food supplies to the displaced people. Many innocent civilians have been killed, tortured, and burned to death by the military forces. On many occasions, the soldiers break into the civilian’s houses and loot the valuable properties. After looting the properties, the military destroys the things they cannot take with them or torches the house. In other cas­es, they burn the whole village down. According to Data for Myanmar, over 30,000 houses are believed to have been burnt down by the military countrywide.

According to figures of UN, there are now 1.3 million internally displaced people countrywide. Some have been displaced for more than a year now while oth­ers have recently fled from their homes due to escalating fighting and armed conflicts. These people are now tak­ing shelter either in the forest or in remote villages where the junta forces cannot reach or in the more peaceful neighboring states and regions.

As the number of internally displaced people continues to rise, and donation is hard to come by, hu­manitarian aid is becoming more and more dire.

Next Week: how the Dominican Family in Myanmar is responding to the crisis facing their people.

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