Myint raises her three sons and two daughters alone after her husband passed away in 2015. She used to work at a recycling factory but the work was sporadic so she left and started working at a food stall instead.
Kyaw lives with his wife and their 11-month-old twin boys. They are from Rakhine State and have been living in Thailand for almost six years. Kyaw works in a fish factory cutting fish heads and usually earns 315 Baht a day but he has been out of a job for over a month.
Me Me lives with her husband and three young children. They are from Myeik and have been living in Thailand for 18 years. She usually works in a squid factory while her husband is employed in a fish factory. Neither of them have been able to work since mid-March.
San lives with her husband, grandson, and granddaughter. She is from Dawai and has been living in Ranong for 20 years. San had been working in fish grading for a local factory but has not had any work for over a month.
Zar Zar recently moved to Ranong to live next to her mother, after her husband, a fisherman, died at sea. She lives with her two young sons, who are three years old and three months old.
Daw is 73 years old and currently on medication for heart disease. She lives in Tak with four family members. “I’m worried about my children,” she told IOM. “They have no jobs because of COVID-19 and we have no money to survive”.
Koh is from Rakhine State. He came to Thailand over a year ago to look for work. His wife still lives in Myanmar. Koh lives with his adult son in Ranong and had been working at a construction site for about three months before the State of Emergency was declared.
Nee Lin used to work in construction but has been unemployed for over a month due to the impact of COVID-19. This has been particularly stressful as his wife is seven months pregnant and he is unable to support his family.
May used to work at a sewing factory in Mae Sot, and her income supported this family of seven. However, May and her friends all lost their jobs when the factory had to close down due to COVID-19.
Aung lives with his wife and their two young sons in Ranong. Aung has been living in Thailand for 15 years and works as a fisherman in Phuket.