Coup, virus driving half of Myanmar into poverty: UN

SourceKuwait Times
SectorHealthcare
CountryKuwait

YANGON: Half of Myanmar’s population could be living in poverty next year, driven by the combination of the pandemic and the political crisis sparked by the military coup, the UN said Friday. The dire warning came as renewed fighting between the Myanmar military and armed ethnic rebels sent more refugees fleeing across the jungle border with Thailand. Myanmar-already hit hard by coronavirus-was plunged into turmoil when the military seized power on February 1, ousting the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The coup sparked a massive protest movement calling for a return to democracy, which the security forces have sought to quell with a brutal crackdown.

More than 750 civilians have been killed, according to a local monitoring group, while a widespread anti-junta civil disobedience movement has throttled large parts of the economy. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said that by early 2022 as many as 25 million people, or nearly half the population, could be living below the...read more...