Owning 78 rai of rubber plantation in Yala, Wanpen (not her real name), 48, and three other siblings used to earn more than 100,000 baht a month. Now, each month they make only 3,000-5,000 baht.
"Before this, whatever brand-new cars we wanted, we could buy them all. But now, we are poorer than even those whom we have helped," said Ms Wanpen, who asked not to be identified by her real name for security reasons.
Since violence in the South flared up again in January 2004, she and her brother and sisters have moved out of their homes in a rubber plantation in Bannang Sata district to live in the city of Yala where their lives are considered safer.
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