Jiaw Pongthawil, an 81-Year-old widow. The last remaining Buddhist in an all Muslim village refuses to leave, even after being shot at, bombed and physically attacked by Muslims.
by, Correspondent | The Bangkok Post
Narathiawat, Thailand: Guarded by Thai soldiers from rebel attacks, an 81-year-old grandmother — the last Buddhist in a Muslim village — refuses to abandon her home, defying a wider split between insurgency-plagued communities.
Since violence erupted in the Muslim-dominated Thai deep south in 2004, Jiaw Pongthawil has seen her Buddhist neighbours flee Baan Ga Doh, a remote village in a security “red zone” in Narathiwat province.
She is now the only Buddhist among 1,200 Malay Muslims.
“I’m afraid. I have been attacked many times… but I have nowhere else to go. This is my property. This is my land,” she says, her voice faltering.
It is a demographic shift playing out across the southern provinces of…
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