Somewhere in Laos – Over two million tons of explosives, a long exodus from Laos to Thailand, and forty years later people are finally aware of the secret war that happened in Laos and the tragedy that followed. All except this man, Thai Yang.
Yang recently emerged from the jungles of Laos where he hid for over sixty years. Thai Yang first went into hiding when he was a small boy playing hide-and-seek with his siblings. He had been hiding ever since; for over sixty years!. At first Yang hid behind a tree stump, but like a good hide-and-seeker he kept moving around and changing his hiding spots. He lived off of the animals he caught and the shrubs that grew around there. Eventually he came across Christian missionaries. They taught Yang English and told him stories about the United States all the while Yang hid in their cupboard. This would go on for many years until Yang one day left to hide in a different spot.
Below is Yang’s favorite hiding place. Can you spot him? (hint, he’s standing on the right)
When we told Thai Yang about the war he was shocked. Yang says, “We had a fucking war?! Is that what all those loud noises were? I thought it was just The Beatles doing a tour in Southeast Asia.” Yang goes on to say that he did not know about anything that has happened over the past sixty years. Yang thought it was just a really long game of hide and seek he and his siblings were playing. His siblings could not be found for comment. ■