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Tanakorn Yos-ubol, the father who lost two children in Sunday’s grenade attack, only hopes his family’s loss will be the last tragedy of the political violence. 

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Tanakorn Yos-ubol weeps as he hugs his wife Noppawan after they collected the bodies of their two children killed in Sunday's grenade attack near the Ratchaprasong protest site for funeral rites. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Father mourns two children killed in Sunday blast

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Tanakorn Yos-ubol, the father who lost two children in Sunday’s grenade attack, only hopes his family’s loss will be the last tragedy of the political violence.

‘‘I wish I could say ‘you are forgiven’ to the people who committed this violence. But I don’t know who they are,’’ said Mr Tanakorn.

The family lost six-year-old Pajarakorn Yos-ubol, or Nong Cake, on Monday morning.

Her younger brother Koravit, or Nong Ken, died shortly after the grenade went off near the Ratchaprasong rally site late on Sunday afternoon.

Despairing father Tanakorn Yos-ubol holds a photo of his dead children. THITI WANNAMONTHA

He said the family was hoping for a miracle that never came after they lost Nong Ken.

“Do you know how much pain she went through. She bled all night and the doctors kept on trying until she was gone,’’ he said, taking a deep breath and shaking his head in disbelief.

“They were just kids. I couldn’t even bear the thought of them being injured. Now they are dead. People tell us to face the facts, but it is too much,’’ he said.

Mr Tanakorn said the family now only wanted to hold funeral rites for the children.

He hopes the police will do their job and bring the assailants to justice as soon as possible.

The Yos-ubol family on Monday retrieved the bodies from Ramathibodi Hospital for funeral rites at Wat Phromwongsaram in the Din Daeng area.

The two children were not attending the protest. They had just finished visiting CentralWorld shopping mall when the grenade hit.

According to Nareerat Cha-abram, 33, an aunt who took Nong Cake, Nong Ken and her nine-year-old son, Yothin, to the shopping mall, the group finished a meal at KFC and were about to go home.

She said the kids were already on board a tuk-tuk in front of Big C superstore and she was about to get in when she heard a loud explosion.

Mourners at the site of Sunday's grenade attack pay their respects to the victims. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Yothin was also critically wounded in the attack. He remains unconscious in an intensive care unit.

Ms Nareerat, a sister of Tanakorn’s wife, Noppawan, said the children of the two families were very close and often hung around together at weekends or holidays.

Dr Surasak Leela-udomlipi, director of the Ramathibodi Hospital, condemned the attack and said the hospital staff were saddened by the deaths.

According to Dr Surasak, both children were born at Ramathibodi Hospital.

Koravit died on Sunday evening from severe brain injuries and internal bleeding.

Pajarakorn died yesterday morning from brain injuries and a ruptured liver.

Yothin remains in a critical condition with swelling of his brain but there are goods signs he has a chance of recovering.

Yuwaret Sitthicharnbunch, head of medicine of Ramathibodi Hospital, yesterday strongly urged rally-goers not to take children to protests or anywhere nearby given the escalating violence.

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Vocabulary:

assailant: someone who violently attacks another person - ผู้ทำร้าย

aunt: the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle - ป้า,น้าผู้หญิง,อาผู้หญิง

bear: to accept, tolerate or endure especially something unpleasant - ทน

blast: an explosion - การระเบิด

bleed: to have blood flowing from your body, for example from a cut -

bleeding: losing blood, especially from a wound or an injury - เลือดออก

brain: the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling - สมอง

bring to justice: to put someone on trial in a court of law - นำตัวมาดำเนินคดีตามกฎหมาย

commit: to do something wrong or illegal - ทำความผิด

condemn: to criticise something or someone strongly - ประนาม

critical condition: very seriously ill or injured and might die - อาการหนัก

critically wounded: very seriously injured and might die - อาการหนัก

disbelief: the feeling of not believing someone or something, especially something shocking or unexpected - ความไม่เชื่อ

escalate: to become much worse or more serious - ทำให้มากขึ้น

explosion: the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด

forgive: to stop feeling angry with somebody who has done something to harm, annoy or upset you - ยกโทษให้, อภัยให้

funeral: a ceremony that takes place after someone dies, usually including a religious ceremony - งานศพ

grenade: a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก

hang around: to wait or stay near a place, not doing very much - คอยวนเวียนอยู่ใกล้ๆ

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

intensive care: the department of a hospital for people who are so ill or badly injured that they need to have special medical care and be watched very closely - ห้องดูแลผู้ป่วยหนักในโรงพยาบาล

internal: existing or happening inside a person, object, organisation, place or country - ภายใน

liver: a large organ in the body that cleans the blood and produces bile - ตับ

meal: the food that you serve or eat at one time - มื้ออาหาร

miracle: an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by a god or something not understood, or any very surprising and unexpected event which seems to be impossible - เรื่องมหัศจรรย์, ปาฏิหาริย์

mourn : to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public -

on board: on a ship, aircraft or vehicle - บนหรือใน (เรือ, รถ, เครื่องบินหรือพาหนะอื่น)

pay respect to: to show deep admiration for someone - แสดงความเคารพ

protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง

rally site: a place where a large public gathering happens - สถานที่ชุมนุม

recover: to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ

retrieve: to get something back, especially something that is not easy to find - ได้กลับคืนมา

rite: a traditional ceremony, especially a religious one - พิธีกรรม (พระราชพิธี)

rupture: to be broken or burst apart - แตก, ฉีกขาด, แตกออก,

severe: very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง

site: a place where something is located - สถานที่

swell: to become or cause to become larger than normal - บวม, ทำให้บวม, ทำให้พอง

tragedy: a very sad event that causes people to suffer or die - โศกนาฏกรรม

unconscious : in a sleeplike condition, usually from an illness or injury - หมดสติ

urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น

victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

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