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A man harvests opium in a field outside Loikaw, Myanmar.

Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Hard Numbers: Myanmar's opium rebound, journalists at risk, China responds to Yellen, hope for eradicating age-old disease

33: Opium cultivation had been declining in Myanmar, but all that changed in 2022 under the military junta that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi. Last year, the Southeast Asian country saw opium production rise by 33%, and UN experts fear it will continue to rise amid economic and political instability.

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