2021.06.05 (토)

National/World News

3.4 Million Food Shortages, 250,000 Refugees...Will Spring Come To Myanmar?

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More than 3.4 million Myanmar citizens, six percent of Myanmar's total population, could face starvation in the next six months. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said that hunger is rapidly increasing across Myanmar due to the overlap of existing poverty, Covid-19, and military coups. A growing number of families are in crisis to the point of skipping meals in Yangon. In a recent report, rice prices across Myanmar have risen by an average of 5% since January, and cooking oil prices also rose by 18% since February. The World Bank predicted that Myanmar's economy would retreat ten percent this year. Besides, about 250,000 Myanmar people became refugees because of military raids on ethnic minorities, bloody crackdowns, and various restrictions due to the Spring Revolution.

The Spring Revolution is a protest against a coup that occurred on February 1st, 2021. The military disobeyed the result of the 2020 general elections - Aung San Suu Kyi's complete victory over them - and initiated the coup. Myanmar's people took to the streets opposing the coup, and the military is using force to suppress protests.