Taang Namtal is an 18 year old Zomi boy. He comes from a village that is so small that it doesn’t have a high school. So Namtal schools at the nearest town. During weekends, he would walk the whole day to get back to his village. One Saturday, on his way back, he was stopped by soldiers who took him to the nearby army camp. They wanted him to become a soldier.
“But I don’t want to become a soldier. They were forcing me to do it.”
“So what do you want to be then”, I asked?
“I want to study. I want to study science. I want to become an engineer. I like construction“.
So one day, when the soldiers on guard duty was drunk, BA escaped and ran to his uncle’s house. His uncle sent him straight to Rangoon to stay with his auntie.
“I only knew her name but not her address.”
For 3 days Namtal slept at the railway station, looking for people that looked like Zoomi to ask for help. (more…)