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They work abroad to feed their families. Now they can't send the money home

CNN, Thailand, 18 June 2021 - Su Thandar Win shows a photo of her 7-year-old son on her phone and a proud smile instinctively spreads across her face. But it soon fades when she explains why she hasn't seen him for well over two years.
"I left him with my mum," said the Myanmar migrant worker, 26, who is living in Thailand.
Initially, Covid restrictions blocked her annual trip home when the Thai-Myanmar border closed in March 2020. Then the February 1 coup in Myanmar intensified that separation, with military-imposed internet and mobile network blackouts often making calls home impossible, she said.
    Compounding their troubles, the money Su and her husband earn as factory workers in the Thai capital, Bangkok, can no longer reach their family. The coup has pushed Myanmar's banking system to near collapse, and internet shutdowns have made transfers impossible, according to the UN Development Program (UNDP).
      Every morning, long queues of people wait for hours outside banks and ATMs across Myanmar. Withdrawal limits have been capped at about 200,000 kyat ($120) per customer per day and some have even run out of cash as people stop depositing money due to security concerns.
      "Normally, when I send money back home my family is able to get the cash out the next day," Su said. "But lately the internet is not working and it's difficult to get the money out, and we do not feel we can trust the bank, either."


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