Friday, February 09, 2007

Truth Stranger than Fiction

Read in the New York Times, Feb. 7, 2007:

Jaeyaena Beuraheng, a 76-year-old woman from Malaysia, has been reunited with her family 25 years after she got on the wrong bus, local reports said. Ms. Jaeyaena, who cannot speak, read or write Thai and speaks only Yawi, a dialect also spoken by Muslims in southern Thailand, where she was bound, ended up in Bangkok, 750 miles north. She boarded another bus, thinking she was heading south, only to end up in Chiang Mai, farther north. She eked out a living as a beggar for five years before being arrested in 1987 and put into a homeless center. She was thought to be mute, until last month when three students from her province came to work at the center and spoke her language.

The students made inquiries and found her youngest son, Mamu, who is now 35. They sent him her picture by mobile phone.

“I was shocked and overjoyed when I saw the picture,” said Mamu. He said he and his brothers and sisters had searched for years in Thailand and Malaysia until they were told their mother had been run over by a train in Yala.
“I remembered her face even though I have not seen her for 25 years,” he said.

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