When did you start to pay attention to the issue of child soldiers in Myanmar? Why did you want to develop it into a short film? Around 2017, I saw a report by an independent journalist friend that he was in Thailand interviewing a former child soldier of Myanmar nationality in his 30s who was kidnapped at the age of 13 and sold to the Myanmar government army. After being a soldier for more than ten years, he tried to escape several times in the middle, but was caught back. After he finally escaped from Myanmar to Thailand, he hid in Bangkok as an illegal migrant worker. I was very shocked when I saw this report, because when it comes to child soldiers, people usually think of faces in Africa or the Middle East. At the time, I didn't know that there were also child soldiers in Asia.
Myanmar even had the largest number of child soldiers in the world at one time. I wanted to interview the former child soldier in person, and after hearing his story in Bangkok, I decided to film it. Over the past 20 to 30 years in Myanmar, it is remove background from image estimated that more than 100,000 children have been kidnapped and enlisted in the army, but in recent years, this issue has hardly been paid attention to. When did the child soldier problem in Myanmar occur? Will this still be the case now? As early as the 1990s, the United Nations was still concerned about this issue.
Until 2013, there were still records of child soldiers in Myanmar, because there have been many civil wars between different ethnic groups in Myanmar, but the Myanmar government has not disclosed this part of the information at all. I later had the opportunity to meet people who used to work at the United Nations, and they were not sure how many child soldiers were still in the country, but it was certain that the government must be hiding something. How did you get in touch with people who had been child soldiers before? He found it mainly through friends from independent journalists who had been deeply involved in Myanma