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tennislover
Feb 7th, 2007, 02:29 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article1343172.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00138/thailand_malaysia_m_138502a.jpg

Sorry I’m 25 years late - I got on the wrong bus to go shopping

Andrew Drummond in Bangkok
It was just a normal shopping trip when Jaeyana Beuraheng bade farewell to her eight children as she left to cross the border into Malaysia. But it would be 25 years before she would find her way home.

Now, at the age of 76, she has been reunited with her family and has finally told how her misfortune began when she boarded the wrong bus.

Mrs Jaeyana would almost certainly have made it home without mishap had it not been that she speaks only Yawi, a dialect spoken by Muslims in southern Thailand. But unable to write, read, or speak Thai or English she boarded a bus for Bangkok, about 800 miles (1,300km) north, by mistake rather than travelling back to her home in Narathiwat.

Bewildered by the noise and traffic of the capital she boarded another bus hoping it would take her home. It did not.

This one took her to Chiang Mai, close to the border with Burma and another 400 miles away. There she became lost and unable to explain her predicament. In Chiang Mai she spent five years begging and with her dark skin was taken to be a member of a hill tribe.

When police rounded up beggars in the northern capital in 1987 she was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. Unable to determine where she came from, officials sent her to a social services hostel where she has been ever since.

Jintana Satjang, a director of the centre where Mrs Jaeyana made her home, said: “We thought she was a mute.” Mrs Jaeyana was referred to as “Mrs Mon” because staff thought her mutterings sounded like Mon, a minority language in Burma.

Mrs Jaeyana would probably have spent the rest of her life at the hostel had not three students from her home province who spoke her language arrived at the centre for training last month. They struck up a friendship and she was able to tell them how she became separated from her family.

The students made inquiries and found her youngest son, Mamu, who is now 35. They sent him her picture by mobile phone.

“I was shocked and overjoyed when I saw the picture,” said Mamu. He said he and his brothers and sisters had searched for years in Thailand and Malaysia until they were told their mother had been run over by a train in Yala.

“I remembered her face even though I have not seen her for 25 years,” he said.


poor woman........
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Infiniti2001
Feb 7th, 2007, 02:35 PM
:awww: Bittersweet

、CharlDa、
Feb 7th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Ouch. Horrible but great story at the same time

spiceboy
Feb 7th, 2007, 02:37 PM
OMFG :help:

Yasmine
Feb 7th, 2007, 03:03 PM
I read that on the BBC website yesterday :eek:

skanky~skanketta
Feb 7th, 2007, 03:08 PM
thank god she's still alive and was able to be reunited!

Martian KC
Feb 7th, 2007, 03:47 PM
I'm surprised nothing worst happened to her. Glad to hear they've reunited.

controlfreak
Feb 7th, 2007, 03:53 PM
This sounds like the kind of thing that could only happen to a mentally handicapped person. I presume that by the age of 51 she had never learned basic concepts such as which way is south, how to read a map, and how to communicate by pointing and gesturing?

Direwolf
Feb 7th, 2007, 04:32 PM
This sounds like the kind of thing that could only happen to a mentally handicapped person. I presume that by the age of 51 she had never learned basic concepts such as which way is south, how to read a map, and how to communicate by pointing and gesturing?

not all people have maps of their own country in their house...
she doesnt even know their national language, how would she
understand what was written on the map...
lol...!! point to what?? gesture what??
whats the use of pointing and gesturing when you dont even know
how to get to where youre going??


nice touching story..:)

MistyGrey
Feb 7th, 2007, 04:32 PM
OMG! :sad:
I am glad she was able to go back to her home!

!<blocparty>!
Feb 7th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Wow.. that's so sad. :sad:

No Name Face
Feb 7th, 2007, 04:45 PM
wow, that's crazy. i'm glad she was reunited with her kids, though.

alfonsojose
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Joy ride :tape:

LoveFifteen
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:10 PM
In her 25 years away from her family, she couldn't even learn bootleg Thai? :confused:

Marshmallow
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:12 PM
That is the saddest thing. What an awful 25 years they must have been. That is just awful, even if they are reunited now.

Apoleb
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:14 PM
In her 25 years away from her family, she couldn't even learn bootleg Thai? :confused:

You can't learn if you can't communicate. But this is still very weird.

LoveFifteen
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:29 PM
You can't learn if you can't communicate.

Just like most of what you write, Jorje286, that is total nonsense!

The Daviator
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:33 PM
Poor woman :sad: What a story though :eek:

moby
Feb 7th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Just like most of what you write, Jorje286, that is total nonsense!It's a pretty big ask, learning a new language at the age of 50 in a non-cooperative environment. Besides, I doubt she was particularly bright. She may not even have been educated, which I assume would be the case in certain small isolated villages.

It's a happy story after all, now that she can return to her family.

V.Melb
Feb 7th, 2007, 06:38 PM
This lady, has no concept of what the national language is despite being born in the country, and is not able to learn the BASICS in 25 years of immersion in a thai speaking environment. She must really be slow.
I mean, leave me in Japan for 5 years, i promise u, i will come out speaking pretty good japanase. but 25 YEARS?! lol. and she cant speak a word?
I think if u put me in thailand now, i would be FLUENT after 25 years. pfff.... hell, i would be running for government i would speak so well.

Jorj286, ur comment is VERY bad. people learn all the time without communicating, please do some research.

Sally Struthers
Feb 7th, 2007, 08:46 PM
well that just underscores the importance of being literate.

controlfreak
Feb 7th, 2007, 08:59 PM
I bet her family were like "WHAT?! That freaking nitwit is back here again? Quick, put her on another bus and we might have another 25 years of peace!"

nikita771
Feb 7th, 2007, 09:02 PM
That is amazing story!

Monica_Rules
Feb 7th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Wow 25 years, thats tough.

NyCPsU
Feb 7th, 2007, 09:13 PM
i agree with those who said its weird she didnt at least pick up enough to expain her predicament..i dont know, seems like something is wrong with the story or her, nonetheless at least it has a happy ending :)

-VSR-
Feb 7th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Wow.

Glad that she was reunited with her family.

LoveFifteen
Feb 7th, 2007, 09:31 PM
The good news is that when she got back home, she immediately enrolled in a Thai for Beginners class.

saniafan2005
Feb 7th, 2007, 09:39 PM
crazy stuff

Brett.
Feb 7th, 2007, 10:42 PM
Lol, i read it in newspaper and i was like "what the hell" :lol: Poor Lady! :sad:

tennislover
Feb 8th, 2007, 12:10 PM
I bet her family were like "WHAT?! That freaking nitwit is back here again? Quick, put her on another bus and we might have another 25 years of peace!"


why I'm thinking the same thing about your family and you? :lol: :p :devil:

keirana332
Feb 9th, 2007, 06:57 AM
what a heartbreaking story
thank god for happy endings though