19 Apr 2023

The Gen Z army fighting Myanmar’s military dictator

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

In Myanmar, more than 3,000 civilians have been killed and more than one million people displaced internally in a brutal civil war that erupted after a military coup two years ago which ousted Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government.

Pro-democracy activists who once took to the streets during mass protests have now taken up arms. A loose, nationwide resistance movement made up of young volunteers, backed by long-established ethnic militias, now controls¬† around half of the country. Though the regime still holds Myanmar’s towns and cities.

The military does not allow journalists to report freely on the conflict, and few foreign journalists have been able to access the country.

We were given rare access to the rebels in Karen State where they are are battling the army

We contacted Myanmar’s military authorities requesting an interview or comment. We have not received a reply.

Reporter: Secunder Kermani

Filmed and produced by Katie Arnold