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Chiko isn’t a fighter by nature. He’s a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family's home and bamboo fields.

Timidity becomes courage and anger becomes compassion as each boy is changed by unlikely friendships formed under extreme circumstances.

This coming-of-age novel takes place against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma. Narrated by two fifteen-year-old boys on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of the many ethnic minorities in Burma, Bamboo People explores the nature of violence, power, and prejudice.

Author's Website

Novel Book Trailer:

Pre Reading:
Here's a travel video that discusses Burma/Mynamar. Here you are seeing a much different side of Burma than Chiko is experiencing.

BBC Interview with Burmese Army Leader:

Video Links:

Forced to Fight: Meet a real, live Burmese Child Soldier

Life in a Village like TuReh's

Karenni Patrol

Education in Burma

Karenni Refugees in Houston, TX