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Protecting Thailand's Malalas

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  • Writer: Bede Sheppard
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The recent shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai shocked the world and put a spotlight on the fate of children in one of the world's most dangerous places to go to school. But Thailand's three southern border provinces also make it onto that list of places where students and teachers each day fear turning up for school. 

Two school girls in Narathiwat look through debris after their school was burned down by insurgents. CHANAT KATANYU

When I stepped inside the library at Ban Ba Ngo school in Pattani on the morning of March 24, 2010, smoke was still rising from a pile of books in the corner of the burned out room. Five days earlier, late in the evening of the last day of the school term, a group of separatist insurgents had stormed the school, doused the classrooms with gasoline, and used the books from the library and mattresses from the kindergarten to fuel the flames.

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