From Musician to Explosives Expert: Myanmar’s Jungle Warriors

A little over a year ago, Ko Aung (not his real name) was living the life of a typical thirty-something musician in Yangon, Myanmar. Today, he is a self taught explosives expert taking shelter in a safe house with other pro-democracy dissidents and resistance fighters. In 2021, a military coup toppled Myanmar’s democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, millions of Burmese people began protesting—and then, many became resistance fighters. This is Ko Aung’s story.

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