BANGKOK: Since arriving in Thailand a few years ago, Myanmar migrant worker Own Mar Shwe had been sending money home every month for her family to buy food and medicine. That came to an abrupt halt last month. Like millions of Myanmar migrants who work abroad and send their earnings back home to dependants, the Feb 1 coup has cut a lifeline for her family with bank and remittance services heavily disrupted. “I’m concerned about how (my family) will get through each day,” Own Mar Shwe, 41, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Samut Sakhon, a Thai seafood hub south of the capital Bangkok. She usually sends 6,000 baht (US$200) a month from working at a shrimp market, paying a broker who uses Wave Money – a digital payment service – to transfer the money to convenience stores in Myanmar where her relatives pick up the payments. READ: 7 dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters She has not been able to do so since the military ousted the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi a month ago, imposing internet curbs and prompting mass street protests as well as workers’ strikes across Myanmar. “I don’t know… Read full this story
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