“He disappeared without any trace. I kept waiting for him to return,” says his mother Daw A*. Six years later, Daw A has still not seen her son, but she has received some news from him that gives her hope.
Daw A says that about seven months after Ko M and his friends disappeared, some people saw news on Facebook that the men were detained by the authorities in Bangladesh. “We reached out to our friends and relatives in Bangladesh and asked them to help us locate them,” says Daw A. But no one was able to help. “I was so worried about him, I couldn’t eat or sleep,” she says.
Her hope was rekindled in 2019 when a team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) came looking for her with a red cross message, a brief handwritten letter from her son. “I was so relieved and happy. I had never stopped praying for him. I believed that I would hear from him and even see him one day,” she says. With the ICRC’s help Daw A also sent a red cross message and a family photo to her son. In late 2022, she received a second letter from her son and has now written her reply to be sent through the ICRC.
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