Woman lost for 25 years after boarding wrong bus returns home

Reply Thu 23 Oct, 2008 09:34 pm
Woman on the wrong bus lost for 25 years

Jaeyana Beuraheng told her eight children she accidentally boarded a bus bound for Bangkok instead of Malaysia, and once there she boarded a second incorrect bus because she could not read or speak Thai or English, The Times of London reported Wednesday.

Beuraheng, who speaks only the Yawi dialect used by Muslims in southern Thailand, said the noise and traffic of the big city confused and disoriented her, leading her to board the second wrong bus to Chiang Mai, near the border with Burma.

The woman said she spent five years begging on the street in the city and was often mistaken for a member of a hill tribe because of her dark skin tone.

She was arrested in 1987 on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and was sent to a social services hostel when authorities were unable to determine her origins.

However, last month, three students from her home village arrived at the hostel for training, and they were able to communicate with Beuraheng and help her find her way home.
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Reply Thu 23 Oct, 2008 09:44 pm
@Robert Gentel,
At first, this sounds crazy, but my bet is it (this sort of thing) happens far more often than we are aware.
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Reply Thu 23 Oct, 2008 09:54 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Interesting story, Robert. Thanks for posting it!
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Mr Stillwater
Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 08:31 pm
was sent to a social services hostel

by bus?
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 10:28 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Oh! What a sorrow.
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