The 13 members of Mu Pa Football Academy are now recovering in Chiang Rai hospital. According to attending medical officials, all are doing well. One of them was a crucial link in the recovery process, especially in the first encounter with the English divers when the team were discovered.
Adul Sam-on is the only one of the boys who can speak English. Indeed he speaks five languages – Thai, English, Burmese, Mandarin and Wa, a dialect spoken near the Myanmar and China border. His journey from the strife-torn Myanmar border region and determination to make a better life in northern Thailand is a positive side story to the Tham Luang Cave drama.
With no birth certificate, no ID card and no passport, Adul cannot legally marry, get a job or bank account, travel, own property or vote. Thailand has vowed to register all stateless people by 2024, but until then people like Adul remain stuck in legal limbo. – news.com.au
His ability to communicate with the English-speaking divers who were attending to the team and preparing them for their evacuation, was a life-saving skill that aided the process. Adul has a fascinating back-story and will be one of the many, many journeys we will hear about in coming months.
news.com.au and AFP put together this report about Adul HERE.