In February 1949, members of the Karen ethnic minority launched an armed insurrection against Myanmar's central government.

In pictures: Sixty years of war

Over 60 years later, the conflict continues, with more than a dozen ethnic rebel groups waging war against the army in their fight for self-rule.

Now, the war is entering a new and bloody stage.

Myanmar is the only regime still regularly planting anti-personnel mines. But it is not only the army that uses them. Rebel groups also regularly use homemade landmines or mines seized from the military.

As the conflict escalates, civilians are trapped in the middle of some of the worst fighting in decades.

101 East travels to Myanmar, home to the world's longest running civil war.

 

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Source: Al Jazeera