Interview: The Divine creators on dragons, deities, and child soldiers (plus an exclusive preview)

The mists of intrigue surround the story of Johnny Htoo and Luther Htoo, twin brothers who, at the age of 12, jointly led the God’s Army guerrilla group in Burma during the late 1990s. As the tale goes, it was in March 1997 when a local pastor brought the two illiterate 9-year-olds—real names Bu Lu and Bu Kyaw—to the local military chief and said the lord had spoken to them and they would save the Karen people. The Karen and Burmese army had been embroiled in various battles for more than 50 years, with the former seeking autonomy from military rule. In the early ’90s the Burmese army launched a major operation to secure the route of an oil pipeline through the area. God’s Army was a rebel splinter group of Karen National Union, formed by locals who viewed the existing Karen National Union as corrupt …

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