Myanmar (MNN) – Myanmar currency lost 60 percent of its value in a matter of weeks. Brian Dennett from AMG International said, “Those who have resources in the land have bought dollars and gold.” There are very few dollars available, and those who don’t will really starve. “
The military government, which took power in a february blow, did not make much effort to stop the economic hemorrhage.
Dennett says many around the country are even afraid to leave their homes due to the aggressive military presence on the streets. “There are men in civilian clothes with automatic rifles, really threatening the people and the public, even going so far as to capture people and question them. They just keep spreading fear. We also hear in small towns and villages that there are very heavy weapons, even tanks, patrolling. People hear frequent gunshots and bomb explosions. It’s just scary people.
The shadow government, made up mostly of politicians ousted by the coup, recently called for a national uprising. But that didn’t materialize, Dennett says. “The fighting is limited throughout the country. The so-called People’s Defense Forces are doing things. But most of them are local, small-scale, guerrilla-type operations. To date, there hasn’t really been a full-scale uprising.
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AMG has given food and medical supplies to 15,000 people since the coup. Dennett said, “Our network of churches, pastors and families have expressed deep gratitude to all who have reached out, given and helped with food and supplies. A number of pastors were just in tears at the thought that believers around the world were thinking of them during such a terrible time. “
However, the crisis will not end anytime soon. The army is not relinquishing control and the UN has not yet decided whether it will recognize the junta.
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The header photo shows a street in Yangon (Myanmar’s largest city) before the coup. (Photo courtesy of Myo Min Kyaw from Pixabay)