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Poerty Of The Land Down South

South Thailand has one of the largest Muslim communities in Asia, with around 3 million practicing members. Due to the relative isolation of the community, the region is plagued with Islamic insurgencies who believe that education is against Islamic law. Because of this belief, Islamic insurgents have been attacking and burning down schools and executing teachers. Portrait of the Land Down South explores the schools that were rebuilt in the wake of destruction and the professors who had the courage to return to their posts. This series was shot in the provinces of Pattani, Narathiwa, Yella and captures acts of everyday solidarity and rebellion. From students gathering in courtyards to chant poems of unity, peace, and respect to the very act of girls and boys receiving an education under the same roof, this project documents the students and teachers who courageously challenge the Islamic fundamentalists to educate the future generations.