Teaching is a Dangerous Profession in Thailand’s Deep South

Thanya Srilapkhuen, a primary school teacher in southern Thailand [Photo from Chiang Rai Times]

(Chiang Rai Times)

PATTANI – From the doorway of her classroom, Thanya Srilapkhuen, a primary school teacher, can see armed guards in khaki fatigues making their way through a sunny compound. When she looks to the right, the 36-year-old’s eyes settle on a security fortification protecting the entrance to her school. At the checkpoint there are more guards in combat gear, seated behind camouflaged sandbags and rolls of razor wire. They are a reassuring sight, noted Thanya. “We need them here; it is more safe,” she said.

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