Bangkok, once a mighty city of capitalism, is now a city of loss.
Unpredictable times, with the absence of societal self-determination, Thailand’s capital is seeing a new wave of hardship. With the unchecked urbanisation, absence of a social protection plan and the growing concerns of the future, more and more Thais and migrants move from the rural side to the city; in search of livelihood and for a better quality of life.
Though its obvious, those without the corporate, political connections find themselves at the bottom of the social pyramid.
The growth of the urban poor remains invisible in the military regime’s national agenda, with no representation from the marginalized. Healthcare, education and housing concerns, what of them? Increasing debts and high cost of living affect many, particularly those viewed as ไอ้ บ้าน นอก (ai baan nok), people from the lower class.
So how will the poor live with dignity?