“We wanted to have my son’s portrait up but the children just keep crying,” explains Seng Roi as she reaches into a box under a wooden bed and retrieves her son’s portrait.
Marandong Dee Ram had decided to work in Myanmar’s jade mines so he could afford to build a house for his family. He worked in the mines for six years, until he was killed in a landslide.
“He knew it was dangerous in the rainy season, but he decided to go there [to the mines] because he thought he was wasting time just staying at home doing nothing,” recounts Seng Roi in her native Rawang tongue.
Join New Naratif as a member to continue reading
We are independent, ad-free and pro-democracy. Our operations are member-funded. Membership starts from just US$5/month! Alternatively, write to email@example.com to request a free sponsored membership. As a member, you are supporting fair payment of freelancers, and a movement for democracy and transnational community building in Southeast Asia.