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Internally displaced students who have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and fled from various cities across the country prepare to spend the night in a forested area on January 9, 2022, close to the border of Thailand, in Kayah (Karenni) state, eastern Myanmar (Burma). At the start of the conflict, many observers, including the junta’s allies Russia and China, expected the military to brush aside the resistance, as it has done in the past. But the Karenni and other ethnic militias, as well as the less well supplied People’s Defence Forces, have proven incredibly resilient. They know the terrain well. They are mobile and agile, and can cover long distances in a day, quickly striking the enemy and then disappearing back into the jungle. They are also gaining experience in urban warfare, using drones to drop bombs on enemy positions and setting traps with improvised explosive devices.

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Internally displaced students who have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and fled from various cities across the country prepare to spend the night in a forested area on January 9, 2022, close to the border of Thailand, in Kayah (Karenni) state, eastern Myanmar (Burma). At the start of the conflict, many observers, including the junta’s allies Russia and China, expected the military to brush aside the resistance, as it has done in the past. But the Karenni and other ethnic militias, as well as the less well supplied People’s Defence Forces, have proven incredibly resilient. They know the terrain well. They are mobile and agile, and can cover long distances in a day, quickly striking the enemy and then disappearing back into the jungle. They are also gaining experience in urban warfare, using drones to drop bombs on enemy positions and setting traps with improvised explosive devices.