Thirty-five youths, both Muslim and
Buddhist, from Thailandís troubled southern provinces learn about the
founding of the Royal Thai Marine Corps.
Thirty-five youths from Thailandís troubled southern
provinces learned about the founding of the Royal Thai Marine Corps
during a field trip to the Naval Museum in Sattahip.
The March 21 trip was the latest outreach effort by
the military to youngsters in Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. Military
leaders hope it can help quell the violence that has left more than
7,000 people dead since 2004.
Marine Corps Rear Adm. Wethveera Srongworawith said
the trip is hoped to foster positive attitudes among the youths, broaden
their horizons and give them a chance to live in harmony with people of
He added seeing a different side of the military,
which has had the deep south under marital law for years, will give them
a better understanding and hopefully a willingness to cooperate with the
public in resolving the unrest.