Occupied Schools in Thailand by David Hogsholt

Photojournalism February 24, 2012 11:37 am

Beautiful photo essay by David Hogsholt, Occupied Schools in Thailand’s Restive South. See and read the rest, here.

“Besides being a tourism magnet and a country known for its hospitality, Thailand is, unbeknown to many, also home to a Muslim separatist insurgency. Now, in its seventh year, it has claimed more than 4100 lives in Thailand’s southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat. The three southern provinces are predominantly Muslim and the majority is ethnic Malay. For decades Thai governments have been indifferent to the south and it has not enjoyed the same development as most of Thailand. Critics say that Thai authorities do not honor the south’s distinctive differences in religion, language, history and culture and that government authorities have even tried to suppress the differences and instead force people in the south to assimilate to Thai Buddhist values. This is the very fundamental to the Muslim insurgency with its goal of creating an independent Islamic state.” – David Hogsholt

 

David Hogsholt - Getty Reportage

David Hogsholt - Getty Reportage

David Hogsholt - Getty Reportage

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