One on one with a Burmese child-soldier

“In a Burmese border town cafe, in the midst of a military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters, a recently-fled child-soldier sat with me, talking about cell phones and girls,” begins Kendyl Salcito in this feature for Permitted only to ask questions about the boy’s new civilian life, she ponders the ethics of restricted interviews vs. protecting her subject’s fragile psychological state.

Burmese troops marching past the senior leaders during Armed Forces Day in Rangoon, March 27, 1997. Photo by tap tap tap.