Interviews on RFA, BBC help reunite Burmese mother with conscripted son.

Posted: 06 Feb 2010

"The army in Burma has released a 14-year-old boy it had forcibly recruited, after his mother appealed for his return on international media. Sandar Win, who has terminal cancer, told the BBC's Burmese Service and Radio Free Asia (RFA) her pleas for his return had previously been ignored. ... In interviews with the BBC and RFA, Ms Win said that when she was allowed to see her son, he had been in tears and asked to go home but she was not allowed to take him. Two weeks after the interviews, the military authorities came to her house to bring the boy home. 'I asked the authorities to return my son when I spoke to RFA and BBC,' said Ms Win. 'I am very happy to have my son back and I don't know how to thank RFA and BBC for your help.'" BBC News, 1 February 2010. See also RFA, 1 February 2010.

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