Thailand's Deep South Conflict
For over a decade Thailand's Deep South has been torn by a deadly subnational conflict. A series of bomb attacks in the town of Pattani on May 24, 2014, had a profound impact on the surrounding community. It also propelled some courageous women – the Hearty Support Group, (or Duayjai Group) – to document the impact of bombings. From Thailand, Yupa Phusahas writes about how they collected stories and published Since the Bombs…My Life Has Changed, which was released on June 6 to a rapt audience (at right) of survivors, families, civil society organizations, community leaders, students, media, senior government officials, and members of the army and the Royal Thai Police. The Asia Foundation has supported the Duayjai Group project as part of a "victims' empowerment" approach to resolving the armed conflict in the south. Read more.