(1/8) “Whenever we hear soldiers coming, we run.”

@NuNuLusan & I wrote about the experiences of women in Sagaing region's Depayin & Kani townships, where 73 ppl were killed in July. Art by @jchser
(2/8) As armed resistance to the coup increases, the regime has cracked down on entire villages. Since April, Sagaing region has been a hotspot for deadly military incursions. 109 people have been killed since July, according to a recent NUG report.
(3/8) Hiding in the forest, locals face food & water shortages.
“Some days, we had only one meal, & sometimes, only rice with salt & oil or fish paste. I feel really depressed, and sometimes I don’t even want to live anymore"- woman from Depayin township
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(4/8) “The presence of soldiers in our village affects us physically & mentally. We can't eat or sleep well" - woman in Depayin township, where 32 people were killed on July 2 amid indiscriminate shelling & small arms fire, according to a recent NUG report
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27… Image
(5/8) In July, 43 bodies were found in Kani township, most w/ signs of torture. "We aren’t safe at home & we aren’t safe in the forest either…We have been sleepless since soldiers came to our village,” a local woman told us.
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27… Image
(6/8) A woman from Depayin township was hiding in the forest when artillery struck a nearby herd of goats. “The images of dead goats were so grotesque,” she told us. “We are depressed & hurt mentally because we have seen many things that we shouldn’t see."
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27… Image
(7/8) The woman in Depayin township told us her property has twice been vandalized & looted. “They took everything. They didn’t even leave the 2,000 kyats in my daughter’s school bag," she said.
aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27… Image
(8/8) Women told us they fear sexual violence & can never live in peace. “We always feel like they are coming to arrest or kill us,” said a woman in Depayin township. “I will only feel safe when we achieve democracy.”
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29 Sep
(1/7) “To create a just & equitable society, it's important to ensure Rohingya & other ethnic groups’ participation” - Chaw Su San, protest leader in Monywa

My look at activists’ views on the way forward regarding ethnic reconciliation in Myanmar
2/7 “The state or military narrative had been supported in the past...but now, people don’t support these sorts of narratives,” Rohingya researcher & activist @httike told me. "The coup has taken away every sort of freedom in the country, so ppl woke up."
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3/7 Chaw Su San, a university student in Monywa, led around 100 people in chants of 'Oppressed Rohingya women’s cause is our cause' on Aug. 25.
“We as women can only resist military oppression w/ unity, absent religious or ethnic discrimination,” she said.
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29 Sep
(1/4) Very honored to collaborate w/ artist @jchser who as always put so much thought & empathy into her illustrations for my recent article w/ @NuNuLusan. And appreciative to @kate_mayberry at @AJEnglish for supporting journalistic collaborations w/ local artists. ImageImageImageImage
(2/4) My most recent article w/ @jchser & journalist @NuNuLusan about women in Sagaing's Depayin & Kani township amid the military's violent crackdowns.

“We're depressed & hurt mentally because we've seen many things we shouldn’t see," said one woman
(3/4) In July, @jchser illustrated this piece @NuNuLusan & I wrote about women who gave birth while fleeing military attacks and the impacts of conflict & displacement on maternal and newborn health
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