ADVERTISING
 
Friday, September 21   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Faith and political views
In my church...




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Thailand
 

Twelve children and their coach, rescued after 17 days trapped in a cave

The risky diving rescue operation spread over three days. One of the boys is a Christian. “It’s the love that God gives to our family”, said his parents after the rescue.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BANGKOK 11 JULY 2018 17:52 h GMT+1
The 12 children and their coach were rescued in a risky diving operation spread over three days.

Rescue divers in northern Thailand have saved the 12 boys, members of a football team and their coach, from flooded caves.



The risky diving operation spread over three days, and finished 17 days after they got trapped underground.



Aged between 11 and 17, the players of the Wild Boars football team had entered the Tham Luang cave system in the province of Chiang Rai on June 23, during an excursion with their coach.



After spending nine days in the cave with little food or light, the children were discovered on Monday 2 July.



An experienced former Thai navy diver, who was part of a team trying to supply the boys' cave with oxygen tanks, died during the rescue.



 



VERY DIFFICULT RESCUE



At first, rescuers wanted to keep the group supplied underground until the end of the rainy season, but with the forecast of heavy rains, and the risk of water levels rising, the operation to bring them out was launched on Sunday, 8 July.



That first day, four children were brought out and taken to the hospital. Four more were rescued the next day, and the operation finished on July 10, when the 4 boys left and their coach were safe.



 



The rescue in the cave. / Facebook Prayut Chan O Cha



In total, 18 divers participated in the rescue, in turns of two for each child. They were divided in groups of three people: a diver in front, a minor, and another diver behind, who have traveled together the 4 kilometers away from the cave.



Each boy was given a full face mask and an anti-anxiety medication to prevent them panicking as they were brought out. The divers guided them through the dark using ropes.



All 13 are now in hospital in Chiang Rai city and receiving medical and psychological assistance, but recovering well.



 



A CHRISTIAN AMONG THE RESCUED CHILDREN



Adul is one of the boys rescued, he is 14 and speaks Thai, Burmese, Chinese and English, so that he talked with the British divers when the group was first discovered.



Adul was born in Myanmar's self-governing Wa State, and his parents are Christian. He left his family to get a better education in northern Thailand.



 



Adul with his team strip.

The boy’s parents asked the pastor of a Thai Baptist church and his wife to care of him, The New York Times reported, and they usually visit him at the Christian church. Adul is also a Compassion International beneficiary.



“Thank you to God who helps us to see our son very soon. We are so happy to hear that our son is out of the cave and to welcome him home. It’s the love that God gives to our family. God is great love and there’s nothing He can’t do”, Adul parents told the Christian children's charity.



 



400,000 STATELESS



Wa State, a self-ruled region not recognised internationally, nor even by Myanmar, is not allowed to legally issue passports.



Adul is among more than 400,000 people who are registered as stateless in Thailand, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - though some estimates put their numbers at 3.5 million.



“While some progress has been made, stateless people in Thailand continue to face challenges accessing their basic rights”, UNHCR spokesman Hannah Macdonald told AFP.



With no birth certificate, no ID card and no passport, Adul cannot legally marry, get a job or bank account, travel, own property or vote.



Thailand has vowed to register all stateless people by 2024, but until then people like him remain stuck in legal limbo.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Twelve children and their coach, rescued after 17 days trapped in a cave
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
VIDEO Video
 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.