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The Foundation for Women Giving Assistance to Tsunami-affected

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It’s been over a month since the tsunami rage over the Andaman coast of Thailand, the disaster continues in the lives of the residents in the Andaman coast of Thailand. Assistance from the public and private section has not been sufficient and missing women and children living in some areas including the Bangthao Village, Thalang district, Phuket

This village is located in the state-owned land, about 500-700 metres away from the beach of Bangthao. The residents were Muslims and related to one another. The tsunamis did not claim their houses but took away their means of livelihoods and occupational tools. The women, formerly traders, now lack tools and capital to restart their businesses. Those who used to make earning from tourists such as being a cleaner in hotels and guesthouses are unemployed. It is hard to predict when they can resume their employment. Moreover, the women and children are suffering from the tsunami trauma: would the tidal wave return? Each night the villagers take shifts to monitor wave movements. The children often cry, fearing the tsunamis would return. Read the rest of this entry »