Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shot down

The Nation September 3 2009

A Burmese boy born in Thailand was unable to hold back tears yesterday when the Interior Ministry refused to support his request for a Thai passport.

Mong Thongdee, 12, needs the travel document to fulfil his dream of competing in the upcoming Origami Airplane Contest in Japan. The event takes place on September 19 and 20 in Chiba.

"I understand the authorities' decision," the boy said tearfully. "But I feel very upset."

Passport denied

Mong has been denied Thai citizenship because his parents, though working legally in Thailand, are Burmese.

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