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Myanmar is preparing for a visit by US secretary of state Hillary Clinton this week. The visit is seen as a sign that the previously reclusive nation may be starting to open up.

But the visit means little to those fighting for their basic rights in the north of the country. Al Jazeera obtained exclusive footage of the fighting.

Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.