Thailand: the civil war the world is ignoring

Here is the situation from the Bangkok Post regarding the dead and wounded in 2016 in four southern provinces that have been the center of the decades old civil war with ethic Malay muslim separatists, who are fighting for Thailand’s autonomy, but not for the annexation of Malaysia. More that 6,000 people have died, 307 of them in 2016: in comparison, the Northern Irish and Basque conflicts were child’s play. But the world doesn’t talk about it because it prefers to think of Thailand as a tourist’s paradise, also because (aside from the bombings last August in Hua Hin, Phuket, Surat Thani, and Trang, which have already been forgotten) the conflict is restricted to areas of little relevance to tourism. If they started killing westerners, then the music would really change. But, muslims, buddhists, and the government are going at it instead.


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