‘We wanted to scare them’: the brothers who fought back against Myanmar’s army

‘We wanted to scare them’: the brothers who fought back against Myanmar’s army

The Guardian

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Three months after the coup, four brothers tell how they joined protesters fighting the junta before fleeing for the border

The young men only had a moment to study the river before rushing into the waist-deep water. The brothers – ranging in age from 15 to 21 – were unfamiliar with the border area and afraid of being seen. On the run from Myanmar’s military, they pushed on into the Thaunggin River.

After just a few minutes of wading, they stumbled into no man’s land. Moments after crossing the river, three smugglers dressed in military fatigues met them. After handing over 6,000 Thai baht (US$200) and exchanging a few words, the smugglers led them deeper into the woods and then to safety in Thailand.

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