After the near-defeat of the Karen National Union (KNU) by Myanmar's government-backed military in 1997, twin boys Johnny and Luther Htoo inspired a group of its army's fleeing insurgents to fight for and protect their homes. The surviving Karen soldiers, devout Christians, hailed them as their holy saviours.
THEN AND NOW: Luther Htoo, who with his twin brother Johnny led a Myanmar Karen armed ethnic group known as God’s Army, in 2001 left, and right, pictured today. PHOTOS: REUTERS AND THITI WANNAMONTHA
The twins were nine years old at the time.
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