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Domestic violence at the Thailand-Myanmar border during Covid-19
Sandar (a pseudonym) is an illegal Burmese migrant living in Mae Sot, at the Thailand-Myanmar border. She has been in an abusive relationship for 11 years. Her husband beats and sexually abuses her. The situation at home got worse since the Covid-19 outbreak. Sandar's husband lost his job so they were arguing about money all the time. Sandar is one of the ~200,000 Burmese migrants living in the Mae Sot region. Many of them are undocumented and work in precarious conditions. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, they have no job, no support from the Thai government, and no chances of returning to Myanmar due to the closure of borders. According to the United Nations, cases of domestic violence have globally increased by 30% in 2020. This reportage has been published by El País.