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I Wish I Were You

I Wish I Were You

A girl begs. Perhaps at that moment she wanted to be someone else, in another place, and in another time. Location: Silom, Bangkok. See: The poor are ignored in the realm of loss   ...

Innocence Lost on the Streets of Sandakan

Innocence Lost on the Streets of Sandakan

Hundreds of marginalized children are still wandering in the cities and towns of Sabah. Malaysians, foreigners and stateless, many struggle through life without basic rights. Photo by Dzul Zainal (August 2016) / Loca ...

An elder prepares his roadside stall for the morning crowd.

Humans of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, a regional mark of development and the epitome of a grueling rat race.  Many urban Malaysians and migrants live and work in the city. I feel the realm under my feet, this pulsing metropolis. The dark s ...

Give Rise to Consciousness

Give Rise to Consciousness

Often the marginalised live in misery courtesy of the policies set by the institution. Inequality is served to the poor, with a smile.   ...

Oblivious. In Denial

Oblivious. In Denial

We are unable to subdue that wickedly delightful thought of taking a step back away from light, into the comforts of dark and shadows. The State of Affairs: Obvious, Oblivious   ...

When Chiang Mai Students Mock Repression

When Chiang Mai Students Mock Repression

In February 2016, students from the law faculty of Chiang Mai University conducted a parade and show, that mocked and condemned the increasing institutional repression of the population and poor state of rights under ...

TPP: Jual Beli, Dagang Negeri, Jual Beli, Rakyat Mati

TPP: Jual Beli, Dagang Negeri, Jual Beli, Rakyat Mati

Malaysians rally in Kuala Lumpur, opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, corporate greed, and the indifference of prime minister Najib Razak and his government. Date: 23 January 2016 / Photos: Zashnain. ...

Silk, Song. The Eight Sounds

Silk, Song. The Eight Sounds

I made my way down the narrow road. A growing puddle, caused by a leaking pipe. Passing the poorly constructed homes, made from card boards, thin wood and cheap cement. Your eyes will always see slums scattered in ev ...

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The Price We Pay

For development, they survived decades. Then now butchered, in the name of development. Photo by Zashnain. Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ...

The Squatters are Here

The Squatters are Here

Street art on land belonging to Chulalongkorn University. Artist: unknown. “The squatters are here” Forced eviction of residents of slums and “crowded communities” are common, especially when ...

Too Much of Today

Too Much of Today

Homelessness in Thailand Photo by Zashnain. Location: Silom, Bangkok     ...

Remembering Tak Bai

Remembering Tak Bai

Thai Muslim students from Ramkhamhaeng University conducted a gathering, discussion and demonstration for justice on October 23 in Bangkok. Young people gathered in the evening to remember the Tak Bai tragedy. What H ...

Students in Conflict Zones

Students in Conflict Zones

Children transported in a reinforced vehicle to a nearby school in Narathiwat province. Despite the children’s smiles, they know about the violent state of conflict in their land, and must face the dangers fro ...

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Kuala Lumpur, the Tilt of the Social Landscape

Photos taken in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. This modern city is popularly known for its Petronas Twin Towers, shopping malls, rich food culture and the educated inhabitants. Yet, often forgotten, the back ...

Eyes Don't Want to See, But We Know

Eyes Don’t Want to See, But We Know

Homelessness on the Street. Photos courtesy of Mirror Foundation, Thailand.   There were attempts at improving the quality of life of marginalized communities. That was in the past. Nowadays social welfare is ...

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The Slum is the Measure of Civilization

Photos taken by Zashnain of a small slum near to Soi Chan 16, Sathorn. We’re seeing a negative change in Bangkok, of heightened apathy and further marginalization of the urban poor and the homeless.   &nbs ...

Erawan Shrine: Rebuilding What Was Lost

Erawan Shrine: Rebuilding What Was Lost

An explosion, at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, took its toll on tourists and locals on Monday night – 17 August 2015. According to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), the causalities were high. The Dead: 20 Th ...

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Commitment in the Face of Conflict

In 2014, students from Prince of Songkla University advocated for peace in conflict-torn south Thailand. In fact on many occasions, students and young people take the lead in championing for justice, human rights an ...

An elderly woman bows her head, waiting for charity.

On One’s Uppers

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 ur ...

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Once Upon a Time in Poverty

Intense summer heat, the walkway covered with feet, squeezing, past broken tiles, of uneven pavement and soiled back lanes. Into their corporate rat race. Bangkok at night, brings about contradiction, When poverty do ...

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