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Myanmar conflicts threaten reform

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  • Writer: Todd Pitman, Associated Press
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LAIZA, MYANMAR — When Myanmar's post-junta government took power two years ago vowing to bring democracy to one of the world's most repressed nations, Da Shi Naw was under no illusion his own life would improve any time soon. 

But the 61-year-old farmer never dreamed his life would get worse — a lot worse.

First, a 17-year ceasefire between the army and ethnic Kachin guerrillas relapsed into fighting that tore through his family's fertile rice fields, forcing him to flee into the mountains on foot. Then, after a year in a packed camp far from home, war edged close once more.

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