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Poverty, fear and explosions: Life in Myanmar one year on from the coup

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A contractor, who had been in the development sector for 30 years, stated he’s one of the fortunate few who can nonetheless make ends meet regardless of the coup.

“In my heyday, I used to hire up to 130 workers, but we’re down to 25 now,” he stated, asking to not be named.

The contractor now takes on odd jobs at development websites on days when he has no tasks to deal with. 

He added that in the early days of the coup, he may nonetheless perform development jobs.

“But when the military began taking pictures at protesters, our work got here to a halt,” he stated.

“Protesters fleeing gunshots usually hid in small streets the place we labored. And when the safety forces got here attempting to find protesters, our staff additionally had to enter hiding for his or her security.

“These days, we wrap up work at 5pm. In some areas, you can’t find people on the streets by 7pm or 8 pm. We need to think of the safety of our workers. And now, it’s even harder because there are random power cuts.”

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