EFEBy Mratt Kyaw Thu Kayin, Myanmar

Dozens of Myanmar youth who saw no results following peaceful protests against the military junta, have in recent months joined military training with ethnic rebel groups that have been fighting the state for decades.

“Actually I’m supposed to be chilling with my friends,” 22-year-old Ko Chin Paung told EFE, puffing on a local cigar in a forest close to the Thai border, where dozens of young people have been receiving arms training for weeks. EFE