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In Pictures: Thailand's embattled schools
Teachers in southernmost Thailand are often targeted and killed by a separatist movement.
Last updated: 20 Mar 2014 20:31
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Pattani, Thailand - From the inside, the elementary school in Pakaharang district, near the city of Pattani in southern Thailand, looks like any normal educational institution. Children play in the courtyard or study in the classrooms.

But outside, soldiers guard the main entrance and surroundings, especially when children arrive at or leave the school. In Thailand's deep south, where a conflict between the government and a Muslim separatist movement has killed nearly 6,000 people since 2004, being a teacher is a high-risk job. The separatists believe the government education system is oppressing Thailand's Muslims, who make up a majority in the southernmost provinces but are a small minority in a country where Buddhists make up more than 90 percent of the population.

The insurgency has targeted educational personnel in government-run schools, and 169 teachers have been killed since January 2004. One of them was the only Buddhist teacher at Pakaharang school, who was shot dead in 2007 on a bridge close to the school. Pakaharang has been marked by the authorities as a "red zone", due to the high number of insurgency attacks in the area.

Violence has increased in the southern provinces of Thailand over the past few weeks. The last attack aimed at teachers occurred on March 14, when a teacher was killed and set on fire in Pattani province.

Peace talks planned between the government and rebels have stalled, in large part because of the unrest and mass demonstrations that have roiled Bangkok, Thailand's capital, for the past several months.


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Students at Pakaharang school, a public school in Pattani province that has been attacked several times by the insurgency. Pattani is one of the three southern provinces of Thailand affected by a deadly Muslim separatist insurgency that erupted in January 2004.


/Biel Calderon/Transterra Media
A Muslim teacher at Pakaharang school. One-hundred sixty-nine teachers have been killed since 2004.


/Biel Calderon/Transterra Media
A warning sign at the entry of Panare district, in Pattani province, which has been marked by the government as a "red zone" or area with a high number of insurgent attacks.


/Biel Calderon/Transterra Media
Soldiers on patrol in Panare district.


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Civil volunteers at a public school in Pattani. Teachers are among the main targets of the separatist movement.


/Biel Calderon/Transterra Media
Separatists believe the government education system oppresses Thai Muslims.


/Biel Calderon/Transterra Media

A soldier protects students at a Pakaharang school.



/Biel Calderon/Transterra Media
Violence has increased in southern Thailand over the past few weeks.



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Students at Pakaharang school, a public school in Pattani province that has been attacked several times by the insurgency. Pattani is one of the three southern provinces of Thailand affected by a deadly Muslim separatist insurgency that erupted in January 2004.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/86100ab4777c83b77ed6a56d0df82bdfBiel Calderon/Transterra Media

Students at Pakaharang school, a public school in Pattani province that has been attacked several times by the insurgency. Pattani is one of the three southern provinces of Thailand affected by a deadly Muslim separatist insurgency that erupted in January 2004.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/3335a0976135139b95b21f400e8e6a54

A Muslim teacher at Pakaharang school. One-hundred sixty-nine teachers have been killed since 2004.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/3335a0976135139b95b21f400e8e6a54Biel Calderon/Transterra Media

A Muslim teacher at Pakaharang school. One-hundred sixty-nine teachers have been killed since 2004.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/190b1a93de8e4610f0194238e7935838

A warning sign at the entry of Panare district, in Pattani province, which has been marked by the government as a "red zone" or area with a high number of insurgent attacks.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/190b1a93de8e4610f0194238e7935838Biel Calderon/Transterra Media

A warning sign at the entry of Panare district, in Pattani province, which has been marked by the government as a "red zone" or area with a high number of insurgent attacks.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/30ad422a7757617bcd4ffc7aed8026ba

Soldiers on patrol in Panare district.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/30ad422a7757617bcd4ffc7aed8026baBiel Calderon/Transterra Media

Soldiers on patrol in Panare district.

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Civil volunteers at a public school in Pattani. Teachers are among the main targets of the separatist movement.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/6ef63b208523aad588e09cee30d7857fBiel Calderon/Transterra Media

Civil volunteers at a public school in Pattani. Teachers are among the main targets of the separatist movement.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/c7df13595cf691e174d90af339fe969aSeparatists believe the government education system oppresses Thai Muslims.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/c7df13595cf691e174d90af339fe969aBiel Calderon/Transterra Media Separatists believe the government education system oppresses Thai Muslims. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/01e3cabc6cfb612a2509616cc12b10c5

A soldier protects students at Pakaharang school.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/01e3cabc6cfb612a2509616cc12b10c5Biel Calderon/Transterra Media

A soldier protects students at Pakaharang school.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/ebe15f10b86340c42bc5189bfe85edc6

Violence has increased in southern Thailand over the past few weeks.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Teachers_in_southern_Thailand/slideshow/no-caption/ebe15f10b86340c42bc5189bfe85edc6Biel Calderon/Transterra Media

Violence has increased in southern Thailand over the past few weeks.



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