We weep for the South. We send prayers and we will remember, or try our best to remember, all the deaths and not consign them to the faceless realm of statistics. On Wednesday night, ruthless, lawless, godless insurgents killed six civilians, including two-year-old Jakarin Hiangma, in a sign of escalating violence that leaves Buddhists and Muslims alike in shame and shock.
As the "negotiations" between the government and Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) lurch forward - with much confusion over what the government's strategy is and with our apparent lack of intelligence about the insurgency - the daily nightmare suffered by locals is a reminder that while patience is a virtue, what happens in the South is a national crisis that has dragged on for nearly a decade with no evident thaw.
Since Jan 1, 2004, more than 5,000 people have been killed in the far South. Last month was the deadliest in a long time, with 30 people killed and 75 injured, an increase from March which was already deadly enough.