Patrick’s Story, Myanmar (Kachin)

I was not afraid to die, everyone dies.  But at that time, I felt like I was not ready to die.

“I am from Kachin State, Myanmar, and I’ve been in Malaysia for more than 3 years, close to 4 years.

I left Myanmar in July 2010, together with my wife. My parents are still in Myanmar.

I was forced into labour and mistreated by the Burmese soldiers but I thought of a solution: I might die here if they continue treating me like this so I should run away. I was not afraid to die, everyone dies. But at that time, I felt like I was not ready to die. I need to take care after my parents and wife.

I fled away from that area to the capital, Myitkyina. While escaping, I felt free. I was very happy.

But when I arrived at my uncle’s house, hiding there, I felt insecure because I realized that I have no safety. I cannot go back to my house. I was not worried about myself. I was worried about my parents and they are already very old and they are dependent on me and my wife, she was pregnant at that time. I cannot even express my feelings because I felt anger. But anger is just a small matter. I felt so insecure. When I left, I was not just thinking about my wife only but also my parents. But I could not afford to bring them with me.

I moved to Malaysia and I met a lot of people who I knew in the past. So many people! I didn’t know there were so many refugees here! I have no hopes for myself but it would be great if Malaysia could sign the Geneva Conventions. I only hope for my next generation.”

*name has been changed to protect the individual

 

*name has been changed to protect the individual


1 family torn apart by war is too many

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