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  • While the Burmese government under Aung San Suu Kyi called for action, it was mostly up to cities to work it out.
  • Hey! Nice to meet you - I'm Kyaw, and she's Thuzar. We are a Burmese couple living in Yangon, the capital.
  • On March 23rd, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 in Myanmar was confirmed.
  • The virus quickly spread in Yangon, the most densely populated city in Myanmar. In September, we were told to go on lockdown.
  • Like in many other countries, what started as a single case soon spiraled out of control. As a state healthcare employee, I was often put on call to deal with the rising number of cases.
  • Myanmar, an already vulnerable country due to its weak healthcare infrastructure, suffered from poor investment by many decades of rule by the military. Aung San Suu Kyi led a democratization process in 2010, but even now, there is still a lot of internal conflict which has only increased due to COVID. One example is the Rohingya genocide, a terrible crisis that Suu Kyi has received much criticism for (Giddens et al., 2017).
  • That's true... the entire pandemic led to more stress and anxiety for everyone, but was especially hard for essential workers like Thuzar.
  • SUU KYIDETAINED
  • In February 2021, disaster struck when the military orchestrated a coup.
  • NATIONWIDECOUP
  • The military began patrolling the streets as mass protests grew. What made it even more scary was the alarming rate of COVID.
  • And to make matters worse, the Burmese military, or Tatmadaw, completely shut off access to Internet at one point, eventually reinstating a curfew.
  • Oxygen shortages were common among hospitals, especially at the one I worked at. Often people lay sick on the streets, with their relatives weeping beside them.
  • WEAR A MASK!
  • This was especially detrimental to the civil disobedience movement (CDM) which had formed against the coup. LIke the BLM movement in the US, it relied on social media for spreading info (p. 317).
  • There is still hope however. The civil disobedience movement, in which government workers like me went on strike, aims to force the military regime to concede to the demands of the Burmese people. International pressure is also high, with many Western leaders calling for an end to the violence and a return of power to the NLD.
  • As of April 2021, over 700 adults and children have been killed because of the coup ("Military Coup", 2021).
  • On top of that, over 19,000 civilians have died do the coronavirus, a great loss for the country (Sharma et al. 2021).
  • What makes this situation unique is that it is an ongoing process. In fact, it was just a few days ago that Suu Kyi was sentenced to two years in jail for supposed crimes committed during the coup. We continue to hope for the best for our country, and urge you to do your part as an informed reader. Thank you!
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