Nora was found by the police in a truck crammed with other Rohingya trafficking victims. They had been without food for two days, and one person had already died in the truck. She was sent to a Save the Children shelter for Rohingya children in Thailand, where she has been living since then.
Nora is the youngest of five children; three brothers are currently living in Malaysia while her sister is still in Myanmar.
When Nora’s mum died, Nora desperately wanted to get to Malaysia so she could be with her father and brothers again. A trafficker agreed to help her escape Myanmar. But close to the Thai-Malay border, the Thai police found Nora in a truck crammed full of other Rohingya trafficking victims.
They had been on the move for two days without food. One person had already died in the truck from the harsh conditions.
Because they were found in Thailand, the Thai authorities have no choice but to find a way to accommodate the Rohingya trafficking victims. They can’t go back to Myanmar, since that country doesn’t recognise them as citizens. And they can’t be sent on to Malaysia like they want, because they don’t have the proper papers or visas.
Nora is alone and lives in limbo, not knowing what her future holds.
“My life is like the moon’s phases as there are good days and bad days. Somedays I miss my mom very much as I am here all alone. When I left home, I was a child. However, having no parents around anymore, I now have to be both a man and a woman in one body. I have cultivated the strength of a man and the tenderness of a woman. But sometimes this really takes a mental toll on me.”