Iron Flowers of the Deep South: The Story of Female Paramilitaries and Identity Conflict

Female Paramilitaries 43rd Ranger Battalion [Photo from Facebook fanpage]

(Prachatai English)

In light of the violent political situation in Thailand’s troubled South, paramilitary troops have been engaged to patrol the heavily militarized three border provinces, conducting search and arrest missions in villages, manning checkpoints, and carrying out a host of other ad-hoc activities. 

While the male paramilitary troops (Thahan Phran Chai) have earned a notorious reputation for themselves, little is known about female paramilitary troops in the area who are given the duty of mediation with local villagers, especially Muslim women. Read more about them in Prachatai English's reporhere

 

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