Contentious election looms in Myanmar (The Star)
- Impact Area
The Star (Myanmar) published an article on the current state of politics and lost progress over the past two years. Armed conflict started in February 2021, but some are hopeful that a new election will turn turmoil into something workable for its citizens. However, many experts see little hope for negotiation.
More than 1.5 million of the 56 million population are currently displaced across Myanmar. This includes almost 800,000 people in the north-western areas of Chin, Sagaing, and Magway, where the military has burned down more than 31,000 houses in a bid to punish as well as decimate local support for the resistance. As a result, more people are going hungry or relying on poorer diets. A 2022 report (The state of food security and nutrition in Myanmar: Findings from the Myanmar Household Welfare Survey 2021-2022) by the International Food Policy Research Institute found that 4 percent of households were in moderate to severe hunger in July and August 2022.