Civilians fleeing violence in upper Myanmar flock to Mandalay 

Already forced out of their homes, displaced people have to contend with new hardships where they settle, such as dishonest real estate brokers, soaring rents and prices, and targeted harassment from soldiers

Soldiers, police, and junta-appointed administrators raided a village at the foot of Mandalay Hill on February 4, taking many of the displaced people sheltering there into custody. 

Although they let a few of these internally displaced persons (IDPs) go after they paid a fine, more than 30 are still detained. 

According to one displaced man staying in Mandalay, the regime has begun targeting IDPs with the intention to recruit them forcibly into the army. 

“We have to worry constantly about when they might knock on our doors and take us away by force,” the displaced man said.

IDPs from all over the country began moving to Mandalay en masse in 2023, most fleeing areas with intense fighting in northern Shan State and Sagaing Region, with some also coming from nearby areas such as Mandalay Region’s Madaya Township, according to locals, landlords, and real estate professionals. . .

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