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In the news: Myanmar’s conflict and crises

Our recent reporting on the country's humanitarian situation.

A portrait image of Aung San Suu Kyi against a black backdrop.
Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York City, United States, 21 September, 2016 (Bria Webb/REUTERS)

Myanmar’s military has seized power in a coup, detaining several politicians, including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won a second, consecutive landslide in November general elections.

In an early Monday broadcast on army TV, the military announced that the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing, had been installed in power, and that Suu Kyi and other leading members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party had been arrested for alleged election fraud.

"The actions of the military are actions to put the country back under a dictatorship," the NLD said in a statement issued in Suu Kyi's name. "I urge people not to accept this, to respond and wholeheartedly to protest against the coup by the military."

Much remains unclear about the implications of the military seizing back power 10 years after agreeing to a civilian transition. This selection of recent TNH stories offers a window into the overlapping conflicts and humanitarian crises Myanmar faces in the midst of today’s news.

For all our reporting on and from Myanmar, check out our country page.

Why more women are joining Myanmar’s Arakan Army insurgency

Rising violence, military abuses, and poverty push women to fight. But their voices are often undervalued – on the battlefield and in peace talks.

In Myanmar’s Rakhine State, trust in armed group grows as election hopes fade

Barred from voting as conflict smoulders, Arakanese still hope for peace. But it feels increasingly distant after two years of mounting violence.

Three years after Rohingya exodus, mismatched expectations of justice

Little has changed: Nearly one million refugees live in Bangladesh’s fragile refugee settlements; Myanmar has stripped most Rohingya of basic rights and citizenship; and Myanmar authorities haven’t been held to account for what the Rohingya community believes is a genocide.

In Photos: Despite COVID-19 setbacks, displaced Kachin women keep their families afloat

Uprooted for nearly a decade, women in displacement camps in Myanmar’s Kachin State are finding new ways to support their families as coronavirus restrictions squeeze livelihoods and aid.

First Person: Why we Rohingya refugees risk our lives at sea

I know why desperate people risk their lives on dangerous trafficking routes: I was one of them.

For all our reporting on and from Myanmar, check out our country page.

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