The protests and disruption caused by the coup are starting to take a heavy toll on the people of Myanmar. On top of that come the hardships caused by COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of factory workers lost their jobs, their income and the ability to regularly feed their families. The UN World Food Program warned that hunger is spreading.
A female worker and mother of three children in Yangon who lost her job told Radio Free Asia that the hardship and uncertain future she faces is making her ill: “I have been laid off. I cannot get a job anywhere else at my age. I have kids and need to buy necessities. I don’t know what to do” said the woman.
Military rule and the COVID-19 pandemic together could drive nearly half of Myanmar’s 54 million people into poverty next year, the United Nations have forecast.