Rakhine: Where the Military Is More Feared Than the Coronavirus

Yangon, Myanmar — On the night of September 3, Thar Hla* was restless, and it was not just because he was sharing a concrete floor with approximately 70 people. "After hearing loud firing, I felt like the quarantine centre wasn’t safe," the 32-year-old told Al Jazeera by phone from his hometown in Kyauktaw in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. "That night, no one could sleep."

In the morning, they all left.

"Everyone in the quarantine centre went home," Thar Hla said.

Nearby, local villagers co