Protesters shot at rallies against Myanmar’s military regime are avoiding treatment for wounds, fearing arrest if they visit junta-run hospitals and searching desperately for sympathetic doctors to operate on them in secret.
Security forces fired on civilian protests with sniper rifles, machine guns and mortar rounds in the months since the February coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Over 800 have been killed and thousands wounded in a running crackdown on opposition to the military regime, according to rights groups.
One protestor used to scratch a meagre living as a trishaw driver, ferrying people around the bustling commercial capital of Yangon. But the 24-year-old hasn’t worked since March, when he was shot in the leg while on the frontlines of an anti-junta protest.
Many other injured are scared to seek treatment at military hospitals, for fear their wounds will betray their involvement in anti-coup protests.