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Uncertainty stays for the stateless as boys rescued from Thai cave return dwelling

A smile lit up the face of 11-year-old Titan — lastly again at dwelling and surrounded by household after greater than two weeks trapped inside a collapse Thailand. Titan, together with 11 different boys who had been rescued final week with their coach, spent their first time out of the hospital doing a few of their favourite issues: taking part in soccer and spending time with their households. 

It was a day lots of their mother and father feared they’d by no means see. 

Titan instructed CBS Information’ Anna Werner it was “darkish and fairly scary” contained in the cave — scary for his father, Tanawut, too. Earlier this week, he instructed CBS Information, after the rescue, that he simply desires a traditional life for his son.

Eleven-year-old Titan (middle) at dwelling along with his household following the cave rescue.

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What helped Titan get by the ordeal? Having his coach by his aspect. 

At a information convention Wednesday, the boys’ 25-year-old soccer coach, nicknamed Ake, described protecting the group calm within the cave by assuring the boys that folks can be on the lookout for them. 

After they had been lastly discovered, 14-year-old Adul helped the group talk with their English-speaking rescuers. 

“He’s the long run chief of the church in right here for the following era,” stated Go Shin Maung, the pastor of the church the place Adul has lived for nearly 10 years. He’s additionally the one who helped Adul study English — a ability that proved essential in speaking with the British divers who found the soccer crew contained in the cave.


Fourteen-year-old Adul with members of the church the place he is lived for the previous 10 years.

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Adul’s life was tough even earlier than the cave incident. He’s stateless, not a citizen of Thailand or another nation. Almost a decade in the past, his mother and father slipped him out of Myanmar and into Thailand to flee ethnic conflicts. They’re nonetheless in Myanmar.   

Coach Ake and two different boys who had been within the cave are additionally stateless. 

To some extent, the boys are actually celebrities in Thailand. However whether or not they may get citizenship is unclear, and their futures are unsure.  

One of many first issues Adul did when he arrived again on the church the place he lives was eat his favourite meals, Kentucky Fried Rooster. Regardless of what he is confronted, Adul is surrounded by individuals who love him, and he is grateful.

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