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As Myanmar heads for full-blown civil war, a cafe on the border with Thailand has become a haven for exiles. The tea shop is named “Freedom” and the tea is brewed strong. Food is cooked over a gas stove by a woman forced to flee Myanmar for her support for the opposition. The cashier is a young woman with long hair and a sweet smile – a former pre-school teacher who refused to work under the generals. Six days a week, new arrivals from the motherland to talk about what they’ve heard about the fighting and who’s in hiding, in […]

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