Patani – In Memory Of TAKBAI Incident

Lest we forget the smaller and (in the west) ‘unfashionable conflicts’

The Human Lens

Wattana, with The Human Lens

Thailand’s deep south: Younger generation raising voice to fight against the military atrocities in a climate of distrust and wide spread violence.

For those new to this issue, The Human Lens has been reporting field stories in collaboration with our official partner, North South Initiative-Malaysia and Patani activist; Arfan Wattana.

Since its advent in 2004, Patani conflict has raging on with more than 7,000 people killed by bomb attacks, drive in shootings and extra judicial assassinations. It has emerged as one of the most militarized regions in Asia whose people are living under martial law for the past 14 years.

This conflict has significantly altered the livelihoods of people living in the region. Today Patani community lives in a climate where they are subjected to mass house searches, armed troops patrolling inside villages and enforced disappearances by paramilitary forces that enjoy impunity.

October 25, marks the 14th…

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8 thoughts on “Patani – In Memory Of TAKBAI Incident

  1. Thanks for sharing, Roger. We in the Western world largely forget about or else simply ignore the atrocities that take place in other parts of the world. Last time I wrote about something taking place … in a third world country, one reader said something to the effect that it was too bad, but why should she care, since it wasn’t happening here. Sigh.

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    1. Hi Jill….Answer to that sort of attitude
      Because one day it may come knocking at your door, that’s why, and don’t think in this Global Village world that couldn’t happen. It only needs one very disaffected and unhinged person to think your nation is to blame and travel all the way to take it out on your land, just as you happen to be passing by…..

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      1. Yeah, good answer and one I’ve tried. But, they laugh at me, call me an alarmist, and tell me I should stop thinking and writing so much and take up knitting. Sigh. I predict that the current situation can only get worse and the only possible solution, at least in the U.S., is going to be either a war or a very intelligent, charismatic leader. Since the second is not going to happen … I guess I should go buy a pith helmet.

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  2. Yes, Roger, I’ve been following that too, and having some thoughts not suitable for publication.
    Some days I want to stand on the tallest mountain with a sound system that carries to all “corners” of the earth and thunder…”F**K THE HUMAN RACE” Maybe if they can’t help but hear, no matter where they are busy making their own noise and fabricating their own disasters, and they think it’s the voice of God, they may stop for a few minutes and ponder? But then they’ll all hear another very familiar voice, “Your few minutes are up, back to work!” And, as history shows and proves, it will be back to business, whatever that was.

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    1. Yep Sha’ Tara.
      A visit to FaceBook will reveal depths of ignorance and spite you never thought possible.
      A couple of years ago I invented my ‘joke’ pandemic ‘Terminal Stupidity’, doesn’t seem the least bit funny these days.


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