Hardships plague thousands displaced by battles in central Myanmar

Forced to flee their homes by escalating clashes in northern Shan State and Mandalay Region, civilians have faced extortion by junta authorities and struggled to find food and shelter in the central Myanmar towns where they have fled for safety

Civilians fleeing recent battles in Mandalay Region and northern Shan State are encountering further hardships in the towns of Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay where they are seeking refuge, displaced people and local aid groups said. 

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) are mostly from northern Shan State, where the ethnic armed groups of the Brotherhood Alliance recently relaunched an offensive campaign against the military, and from Mandalay Region’s Madaya and Singu townships, where the Mandalay People’s Defence Forces (MDY-PDF) have initiated their own attacks in coordination with that offensive. 

A woman assisting IDPs in Madaya Township said scarce shelter, high prices, high home rental rates, and the extortionate bribes solicited by junta authorities have all posed challenges for the displaced civilians. 

"Monasteries were forced to take in more IDPs than they could accommodate, then had to stop admitting them," the aid worker said. "People. . .

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