Caught in the Middle

When soldiers marched into her village in Shan state and took away her mother and father, Nang Nang was 4 years old—too young to understand that her parents had been dragooned as military porters, who are routinely worked to death or executed by their captors. But later, when the locals retrieved her parents' bodies from the forest, she was old enough to realize they were dead, and that Burmese soldiers had killed them. Nang Nang is 6 now. "She's still heartbroken," says her teacher, Hku Hseng Lu. "She cries a lot. Sometimes she gets angry and talks about revenge. I tell...

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