Myanmar Child Soldiers, In Progress

He sits cross legged on the wicker floor, large hands resting in his lap. Dressed in a camouflage t-shirt, he has the broad shoulders of a manual worker, now at rest against the bamboo wall. His mother sits beside him, gripping his forearm, reluctant to let him out of her reach. Eight years ago, at fifteen years old, Kyaw Thura left home to join the Myanmar Army.

We drink condensed milk tea as he explains his journey, the argument with his mother that led him to run away from...
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