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A Sinuous Path Through the Slum

A Sinuous Path Through the Slum

There’s no way one can miss the presence of slum neighbourhoods in Bangkok. Urban poverty gets in your face, regardless where you’re travelling in the congested City of Angels. Despite its overbearing pre ...

Time Will Remember Their Perseverance

Time Will Remember Their Perseverance

Bangkok. As I walk on a narrow alley towards my sanctuary, I see no improvements for many urban poor Thai families. They live in slums – often seen as a labyrinth of confusion and destitution. The part where sm ...

Misery Waiting at the Bottom

Misery Waiting at the Bottom

Public agencies and government systems have grown increasingly rigid, often swollen with bureaucracy and stifling with corruption. The poor and marginalised communities continue to live in a pitiful existence – ...

Break Away from Work

Regular meals are important, despite the grueling work that is expected of the common man. Communities must be fed, and after that the cycle of hardship continues.   ...

Regret Nothing

In Times of Protest by Zashnain Bangkok – May 24, 2014   ...

We Remember Moments

We Remember Moments

I remember a time when society reacted with shock and anger. The Thai coup of 2014 had provoked public resistance to the military takeover. Pro-democracy demonstrators peacefully gathered on May 24, 2014 at Victory M ...

Housing Beyond Reach

Economic prosperity is an oddity of some sort, an irony at best, especially for marginalised communities in Thailand and Malaysia. According to experts, the economy is expanding, but based on what I have observed dur ...

Abandoned Creation of Nameless Men

Abandoned Creation of Nameless Men

Entrance and exit – not expecting grandness. In fact I am not expecting anything in these uncertain times of loss. The realm gradually fell into disrepair; courtesy of overlords that prosper on neglect. They wo ...

Decay of Public Health

Decay of Public Health

Thai public hospitals offer much hope to the masses, especially to the poor. Yet for the past three years, there has been a decline in quality services, the increase of bureaucracy and the fear of a future without ba ...

Without a home

Without a home

Homelessness is not a new social ‘problem’ in Thailand. The poor are often subjected to societal condemnation and discrimination. Being poor and homeless places one in a vulnerable state – one th ...

Through the back alleys

Through the back alleys

In Thai, an alley is called trok (ตรอก). It is most definitely narrow, well-used by pedestrians and riders on motorcycles or bicycles. Leave the major streets, move away from the tall buildings a ...

The Illusion of Urbanisation

The Illusion of Urbanisation

A rapid but sad transformation of human social roots. Rural communities are attracted by the endless possibilities of a mighty city, however many find themselves in uncaring slums and neighbourhoods devoid of any ...

The Land of Seas of Mountains – Part 1

From Bangkok to Loei. Thailand’s capital city is a mess. The stifling political heat within the city, and accompanying it was the sense of middle class apathy, has drained me. Then the opportunity presents i ...

Big Brother is Watching You

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists “Thailand’s cybercrime law was already a grave threat to journalists who work online. These vague and overbroad amendments will only accentuate the danger,” ...

The Right to Participate

The Right to Participate

Source: Khaosod English One hundred and nine groups consisting of NGOs, civic groups, grassroots organizations, labor groups, students and anti-junta organizations met for two days over the weekend and came out with ...

Don't Greet the Sun

Don’t Greet the Sun

Unmoved. Indifference continues with its wretched touch of despair. Hopelessness. Homelessness. Thailand. Poverty.   ...

The Complexities of Thai Education System in Patani

Ibrahim Keela, a 25-year-old youth activist and student, shares his thoughts with AK Rockefeller about the institutional challenges on education and livelihood. He hails from Yala, a province in south Thailand. Th ...

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   ...

No One Cares In This Nightmare

No One Cares In This Nightmare

People believe that hardship is part of living the dream, especially when you’re the unfortunate soul who’s living at the bottom of the social pyramid, and as long as it doesn’t affect those living ...

Unhappiness in Between Smiles

Unhappiness in Between Smiles

Anti-junta protesters march against military rule on the second anniversary of Thailand’s military coup.   ...