We met Khu Shar Reh last summer on our visit to the Thai-Myanmar border. Now a student at KSDC, he is an ex-soldier who fought with the Karenni Army. His strong features suggest his former life as a fighter, but his voice was gentle and his smile was kind. He said he learned about human rights for the first time at KSDC. In our interview, he repeatedly said “they need to know”, meaning the people of his village, including his own family and father. “They don’t know. They need to know.”
Knowing your rights as a human being is the first step in resisting oppression. Khu Shar Reh’s transformation from soldier to student exemplifies the type of support REI is proud to provide.