Michael Peel reports from Myanmar where the end of dictatorship has unleashed a struggle over land.
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Boys are kidnapped in their early teens, or convinced to join the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) and armies of pseudo independent states, with the lure of a small but steady income.
There is growing concern that Burma’s economic metamorphosis has far outpaced its transition to democracy.
Burma’s army has forcibly recruited teenagers for decades. The practice is slowly changing, but many former child soldiers live with the scars of their experiences.
The purpose-built city of Naypyidaw—unveiled a decade ago this year–boasts 20-lane highways, golf courses, fast Wi-Fi and reliable electricity. The only thing it doesn’t seem to have is people.
Lured off the streets by false promises and recruited into the army as young boys, they returned home as men years later.
In Burma the use of child soldiers is commonplace, but under increasing international pressure small numbers are being released from service, returning to parents who thought them dead.
Confined to squalid camps, supposedly for their own "protection," Burma's persecuted Rohingya are slowly succumbing to starvation, despair and disease. Some are calling it a crime against humanity.
Burma promised to free its political prisoners. But some, particularly Kachins, remain behind bars.
Community organizer Jessica Nhkum counsels women in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Kachin. Many have suffered from sexual abuse, prolonged separation from family, and human trafficking.