March 9, 1993 |
When the tourists first came to gawk at the "long-necked" women of the Padaung tribe, those curious visitors were something of a curiosity themselves. "We were happy when the people came," said Lahai, one of the Padaung men living in his tribe's primitive encampment on the Thai side of the Myanmar-Thailand border. "We had never seen anyone like them, either." His observation is a small amusement in an unamusing situation. The Padaungs are not in Thailand by choice.