Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise


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People wait in line to enter into the Thai Embassy for visa appointments in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Crowds of people have thronged to get passports and visas to neighboring Thailand in the two weeks since the government activated a law making at least 14 million young people subject to conscription.(AP Photo) BANGKOK – Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel told...