May 1, 2022

Defecting online: How Myanmar’s soldiers are deserting the army

"We advertise on Facebook that those who want to leave should contact us on Telegram," Mr Lay tells me, outlining the operation via an online link from an undisclosed location inside Myanmar. At the time, Mr Lay was a sergeant working an office job. Mr Lay is now a part of the organisation to which he once turned. The BBC contacted the Tatmadaw and put to them the allegations made by Mr Lay and others, but we did not receive a reply. Having helped many of them defect, Mr Lay feels like his life has regained purpose.

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