Overseas employment agencies thriving in Myanmar’s post-coup chaos

While most other businesses struggle, companies promising jobs abroad are doing a roaring trade

The names of sources have been changed in this article to protect their safety

Rosy, a resident of a farming village on the eastern bank of the Sittaung River in Bago Region, was fed up. Living in a region hit hard by three years of conflict triggered by the military takeover in February 2021, she has seen her family’s livelihood dwindle almost to nothing. She decided it was finally time to make a move.

Earlier this year, in a bid to escape the war and secure an income, the 38-year-old made up her mind to seek employment abroad.

“My mother has passed away, but my father is still in good health. I want to go abroad while there’s still time. It will be useless to remain in the village,” she said.

It wasn’t just the constant threat of junta artillery attacks that made. . .

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