The carnival-like atmosphere of the early protests has given way to fear and death; some residents are making DIY weapons, and police hunt and kill people at will.
So far authorities have not reacted to displays of defiance from protesters, but Myanmar people know things could change quickly with one phone call from the generals.
Risking his health, a Yangon bird seller waits for the few pedestrians still looking to make merit on the streets of the city’s Hledan quarter amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
With Thailand’s borders still closed due to COVID-19, Kayan refugees who fled conflict in Myanmar decades ago have lost their main source of income—tourism.
In remote villages of Myanmar’s deep south, poaching the shy creatures means big money for those who live hand to mouth.
Yangon’s Shwegondine quarter, home to many fabric printing shops, is currently a sea of red—the ruling NLD’s color—as vendors churn out election-related merchandise.
Officials warn of further disasters, but scores of families living near the scene of July’s deadly landslide in Kachin’s Hpakant jade mining area can’t afford to move.
The Thai town of Mae Hong Son near the border with Myanmar remains eerily empty despite a partial lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Thousands of displaced people remain trapped in IDP camps across northern Shan State as fighting continues between the Tatmadaw and the KIA.
In Thailand, COVID-19 has left millions of migrant workers from Myanmar jobless, facing a daily struggle to get by with little income and few options.
The Irrawaddy visited hundreds of villagers who fled fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Restoration Council of Shan State.