Of the Same Life - Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers

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At fifteen years old Arkar Min was lured away from his village by a man offering him driving lessons. His food was drugged and he awoke in an abandoned building inside Shwedagon Pagoda Army base. He had no bed, but slept on the concrete, using his longyi as a pillow. “There were six of us there. Mostly they were 15, 17 at the most. None of them knew they were in the army,” said Arkan Min, “I wasn't there in the first place because I was interested, I was forced.”

At fifteen years old Arkar Min was lured away from his village by a man offering him driving lessons. His food was drugged and he awoke in an abandoned building inside Shwedagon Pagoda Army base. He had no bed, but slept on the concrete, using his longyi as a pillow. “There were six of us there. Mostly they were 15, 17 at the most. None of them knew they were in the army,” said Arkan Min, “I wasn't there in the first place because I was interested, I was forced.”