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Impossible choices for refugees

Some of the other men, like him sold to the syndicate, weren’t so lucky.  Had no money at all.  And after phone calls to what friends they had in Malaysia, or back home in Burma, or to Bangladesh, when they still were unable to come up with funds – RM 1600, about 500 USD, to pay the men who now owned them for freedom – the pistol whipping, the cutting, the punches and bruising ensued.

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Refugees hiding in Malaysia's jungles

The tears trailed across Noor’s face, wove quietly into his narrative when he told us that his family – siblings, a mother, and two sons – were still in the camp. In this place where horrors were not only conveyed in dreams of the night.  In this place that he fled.  Still living, forever just sitting there, away from their country and, worse, away from him.  His wife had run.  He had no knowledge of her whereabouts.

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