As Thailand's Deep South insurgency drags on, families suffer, persevere

Photos by AFP, Ahmad Ramansiriwong special to Khabar and courtesty of SBPAC



Mariyah Nibosu, whose husband was shot dead in 2009 by unknown gunmen, stands outside her home in September 2013 in the state-run 'widows' village' of Rotan Batu, 20km from Narathiwat. "Women suffer a lot here," she said. "But we are strong. We have to feed our children by ourselves. We have to survive." [Christophe Archambault/AFP]

Mariyah's 3-year-old son holds a photo of his slain father, whom he never met. Grief over Deep South violence unites women across religious lines. In the ten years since the insurgency flared, close to 6,000 people have been killed. [Christophe Archambault/AFP]

Tungrudee Jaiin (right) prepares food at her Rotan Batu home. In 2009, her husband — for whom she converted to Islam — was killed by insurgents who accused him of being a government informer. Two weeks later, the assailants returned for her. She survived being shot in the face, abdomen and legs, but is blind in one eye. Her son was badly burned in a fire set by the rebels. [Christophe Archambault/AFP]

Rangers stand guard at a school in Narathiwat after its headmaster was killed by suspected separatist militants in December 2012. Violence against educators has led to a high level of post-traumatic stress disorder among children in the Deep South. [Madaree Tohlala/AFP]

Teachers cry after two of their colleagues were killed by a roadside bomb attack in Chanae, Narathiwat on July 24th, 2013. [Madaree Tohlala/AFP]

Families take part in Children's Day activities in Yala's Muang District on January 11th. For children in the Deep South, random violence and the sight of heavily armed security forces are a regular part of life. [Ahmad Ramansiriwong/Khabar]

Members of the Narathiwat "Rolling Hands" Wheelchair Association take part in a prayer and support ceremony at Narathiwat Rachanakharin Hospital in Muang District on February 4th. The group includes both Malay Muslim and Thai Buddhist victims of the insurgency. [Photo courtesy of Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC)]

Muslim children study at the local madrassa at Rotan Batu in Narathiwat, where women widowed by Deep South violence struggle to raise and educate their children alone. [Christophe Archambault/AFP]

Padeelaeh Mayu recovers in hospital after the February 3rd attack that killed her three sons, aged 6, 9 and 11. Gunmen opened fire on the pregnant Padeelaeh and her family as they returned home from evening prayers in Narathiwat's Bajoh district. Authorities later arrested two rogue members of a volunteer security unit for what they said was a revenge killing. [Photo by SBPAC]