Protecting children exploited for sex, in Thailand – and Asia-Pacific
BANGKOK, Thailand, 24 February 2015 – Saeng* was forced into prostitution at the age of 14. After falling out with his** parents and running away from home, he found himself on the street with no money. Desperate and too young to understand the risks involved, he ended up in the sex industry, exploited by adults. Bars wouldn’t allow him to work on the premises because he was underage, so he sold sex on the streets.
After the tsunami – a Thai fishing village, 10 years on
In Thailand, FC Barcelona stars Leo Messi and José Manuel Pinto champion the rights of children with disabilities
BANGKOK, Thailand, 23 August 2013 – Anurak Warit traveled nearly 700 km from his hometown in northern Thailand to Bangkok for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and José Manuel Pinto.
On-the-job training for disadvantaged youth in Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand, 11 April 2013 – In a university dormitory in Bangkok, 21 young people from disadvantaged communities line up to pull the name of a top hotel out of a bag. Behind them, teams of hotel staff in uniform are eager to meet their new apprentices.
Children affected by Thailand's worst flooding speak out about their experiences
BANGKOK, Thailand, 19 November 2012 – Natthasit Muangsawang, 11, is familiar with flooding. His home is inundated almost every year during the rainy season.
Helping children living and working on the streets in Thailand
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 5 March 2012 – Poon* left home more than a year ago, escaping an abusive mother. She was an alcoholic, he said, and he thought life on the streets of Chiang Mai would be preferable to her regular beatings.
Parliamentarians in Thailand for 122nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly
BANGKOK, Thailand, 6 April 2010 – More than 600 parliamentarians from over 120 countries gathered in Bangkok from 27 March to 1 April to discuss how to better realize children’s rights.
Parliamentarians discuss how to bolster children’s rights in Thailand
Children benefit from improved hygiene following the tsunami in Thailand
KRABI PROVINCE, Thailand, 29 December 2009 – At the Baan Klonggum School in Thailand’s Krabi province, hygiene is no less important than lessons or games. Students scrub and shine the floors of the latrine block – their work overseen by parents recruited into the effort to create a cleaner, safer school environment.
Orphaned by the tsunami, a child in Thailand finds new hope
PHANG NGA PROVINCE, Thailand, 23 December 2009 – In a remote corner of Phang Nga Province, nine-year-old Pimolpan and her aunt, Sanit Boontam, talk quietly on the porch of their small house. However, it was not always this way.
Expanded services helps victims of abuse and neglect find healing in tsunami-affected Thailand
KRABI PROVINCE, THAILAND, 22 December 2009 – Sitting on the floor of her simple home, Nok (not her real name), 17, speaks with Tuangporn Dumrith, a visiting social worker. Her youth belies the trauma she has already endured in her life.
The path to peace in Thailand’s restive southern provinces starts with children
SONGKHLA, Thailand, 18 March 2009 – The large, colourful drawing shows a monk, an Imam and Buddhist and Muslim citizens holding hands in a loving community where a mosque and a temple stand side by side. Beside them are Buddhists and Muslims praying for peace in Thailand’s violence-ridden southern border provinces.
UNICEF brings schools to Thai hill tribe children
BAN MAE SURIN NOI, Thailand, 17 December 2008 – In the highlands of Thailand's Mae Hong Son province there is a newly constructed three-room structure. It is a simple building, made of rough plank floors, partial bamboo walls and a tin roof, but it offers the children in the area something they did not have before: a formal primary education.
New report reveals children in Thailand suffer anxiety, yearn for peace
BANGKOK, Thailand, 15 December 2008 – Children living in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces suffer both anxiety and stress due to the daily threat of violence and yearn for the day that they can live in peace, according to a report released today by UNICEF Thailand.
Thai children unmask the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 10 July 2007 – On a stage inside Chiang Mai University’s Art Museum, children donned masks in order to enact a play entitled, ‘Who am I? Why am I here?’ The drama, which was performed before a standing room-only audience, gave voice to the pain, fears and hopes the young actors have as children living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand.
Art therapy camps build confidence and hope for Thai children living with HIV
SATTAHIP, Thailand, 14 June 2007 – The swimming and splashing stop at 10 minutes to 6 p.m., exactly. A whistle blows, and 50 children, ranging in age from 7 to 17, run out of the sea, laughing with their friends as they pick up their towels and shoes.
UNICEF’s avian influenza workshops educate Thai local media
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 5 February 2007 – When local reporter Arntai Khaikharnfa was assigned to attend a workshop on bird flu here, he was not very enthusiastic.
With help from youth, a Thai village finds colourful ways to spread bird flu warnings
UDON THANI, Thailand, 25 January 2007 – Adults and children dressed as chickens marched through the streets of Baan Noong Wang village in the northeastern Thai province of Udon Thani. They chanted slogans and waved banners bearing a few simple facts on how to prevent the spread of avian influenza: Don’t touch dead birds, wash your hands before eating, keep different birds apart, report dead birds and cook food well.
Photo project in Thailand helps tsunami-affected children tell their stories
PHANG NGA, Thailand, December 2006 – Some of the most marginalized children in Thailand’s tsunami-afflicted Phang Nga Province are getting a chance to express themselves through ‘InSIGHT Out!’ – a UNICEF-supported photo project.
Young Thai girl finds inspiration through photojournalism project
PHANG NGA, Thailand, December 2006 – Hot and dry wind blows up gritty dust as a team of UNICEF staff approaches a roadside shack in rural Thailand. The dilapidated mixture of peeling wood, grey concrete and corrugated iron has been home to 13-year-old Mod and her 10-year-old brother since their father was killed in a recent motorcycle accident.
In a Thai-Cambodian border town, protecting trafficked children and women
ARANYAPRATHET, Thailand, 7 August 2006 – Aranyaprathet market, which the Thais call Rong Glua, is a sprawling village of shops and light industry employing some 10,000 people on the Thai side of the Thailand-Cambodia border.
Thamanoon Vejakul, 14, looks to football to escape bullying in Thailand
KHAO LAK, Thailand – In the driving rain, Thamanoon Vejakul and his teammates line up for the customary march out onto the pitch and formal handshake with their opponents before the match.
In Thailand, survey reveals gulf in living standards between ethnic groups
RATCHABURI, Thailand, 1 JUNE 2006 – “Has your child taken a poo today?” “Yes, behind the house, but the dogs have eaten it all.”
Art project helps Thai children heal scars of HIV stigma
BANGKOK, Thailand, 2 June 2006 – Before stepping out onto the stage, 15-year-old Ying (not her real name) takes a deep breath and holds tightly onto the mask that will serve not only to make her less nervous but also to hide her identity.
UNICEF supports initiatives to tackle trafficking of women and children in Thailand
CHIANG RAI, Thailand, 17 April 2006 – Sometimes they smiled and sometimes they looked grim, but at all times the young children of this primary school in Northern Thailand remained captivated by the drama.
At Asia-Pacific birth registration conference, a pledge to reach every child
BANGKOK, Thailand, 17 March 2006 – In the shadow of Thailand’s remote northern foothills, thousands of people, many of them children, recently gathered at a human rights fair to claim their fundamental right to an identity.
Football provides alternative to gangs and bullying
KHAO LAK, Thailand, 6 March 2006 - In the driving rain, Thamanoon and his team-mates line up for the customary march out onto the pitch and formal handshake with their opponents before the match.
UNICEF helps youth build businesses and self-esteem
BAAN NAI RAI, Thailand, 2 March 2006 - Sitting on a pristine beach in the quiet village of Baan Naa Rai, Naree Sarey and her friend Apinya Lekdam, 19, talk about their hopes for the future.
Thailand: AIDS Access helps care for HIV-positive young people
CHIANG RAI, Thailand, 19 January 2006 – Part of the infamous opium-producing Golden Triangle, the mountainous and remote province of Chiang Rai faces many problems, including the drug trade, child trafficking and abuse, and poverty. Together they have left a vicious legacy: The province has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in Thailand.
A brave young girl living with AIDS in Thailand tells her story
CHIANG RAI, Thailand, 11 January 2006 – “I have been ill for about a year. I feel breathless and I cough. I went to the local hospital and the doctor said I had an opportunistic infection. I went with my mother because she was still living then. They did some tests, but I didn’t know what was going on. The doctor didn’t know either, so I went to Chiang Mai Hospital. There they told my mother I had HIV. I knew that HIV meant AIDS and it made you weak.
Thailand: Young girl finds meaning amid devastation caused by the tsunami
PHANG-NGA, Thailand, December 2005 - “My name is Atitaya Jongkrailak. I am 11 years old and I study at Ban Bang Muang school. The day of the tsunami I went early with my father to the market. When we were coming home he got a call saying don’t come back because a giant wave has destroyed everything.
Thailand: UNICEF provides clean drinking water to schools
PHANG-NGA, Thailand, December 2005 – Like her schoolmates, 11-year-old Aye tries to ignore the scorching midday sun and joins in the many activities that are part of Ban Bang Muang school’s first ‘sports day’ in several years.
Thailand: Child care centres are a boon for both economic recovery and child development
SRIBOYA ISLAND, Thailand, December 2005 – Three-year-old Mutita was fortunate: She escaped injury in last year’s tsunami, clinging tightly to her father’s neck as they fled the surging waters. The rest of her family also survived. But the tsunami did more than just kill or injure people – it also inflicted tremendous economic damage. Now Mutita’s family is struggling with its effects.
Long term commitment: UNICEF Representative in Thailand Inese Zalitis discusses UNICEF’s post-tsunami strategy
BANGKOK, Thailand, December 2005 – “The impact was huge in Thailand. Six provinces were hit – and it was both infrastructure damage and houses and communities and boats. The toll and impact on human lives was very high..." said UNICEF Representative in Thailand Inese Zalitis.
Thailand: HIV-positive children battle fear and discrimination
CHIANG RAI, Thailand 14 December 2005 – Irene is 15 and beautiful. Everyone in her village knows she is, because she won last year’s annual beauty contest. What they don’t know is that she is also HIV-positive.
Thailand: Personal experience drives ‘youth-to-youth’ HIV educator
Nakwan Leknork, 20, has been helping to educate other young people about HIV/AIDS since the age of 14. She joined the Youth-to-Youth Education Project after both of her parents were infected with the virus; her father subsequently died of the disease. The group in which Nakhwan works is one of 10 groups of young people in northern Thailand supported by UNICEF.
Thailand launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS Campaign
BANGKOK, Thailand, 25 October 2005 – “We are living in a region where HIV/AIDS is making scary inroads,” UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, Anupama Rao Singh, said at a press conference marking the launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS in Thailand. “In East Asia, the epidemic is expanding faster than anywhere else in the world.”
Assisting displaced Hmong in Thailand
PHETCHABUN, Thailand, 25 August 2005 – A 5-by-3 metre thatched hut covered with a large plastic sheet for a roof is what Pa, a 15-year-old Hmong girl, calls home. She shares these cramped quarters with 17 other members of her family, 14 of whom are children.
Schools under attack in southern Thailand
YALA, Thailand, 16 August 2005 – Students returning to Ban School outside this provincial capital after a long summer break were looking forward to their first day back. Instead they were shocked to find that their school had been reduced to a heap of charred ruins by an arson attack.
Thailand: Psychosocial activities help children cope with tragedy
BANN NAM KHEM, Thailand, 21 June 2005 – At first glance, Bang Muang School in Thailand’s Phang Nga Province looks as though it escaped lightly from the tsunami. There is no obvious damage to buildings and classes are being held as usual. But 51 children from this school died in the disaster and another 47 were orphaned. The loss of loved ones and friends still scars the pupils here.
Thailand: Orphaned by the tsunami, 1000 km from the sea
NAKON PANOM, Thailand, 21 June 2005 – Nong, a quiet 15-year old schoolgirl, still weeps when she talks about her mother, who disappeared when the tsunami struck six months ago. Sitting alone on one side of her school playground, Nong explains her mother’s absence by saying she has gone away to marry a new man. Denial is the only way she can deal with the grief.
Thailand: Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children
BANGKOK, 14 June 2005 – Banning corporal punishment at home and in school tops the agenda at the East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children in the Thai capital this week.
Tsunami reconstruction assisting Thailand’s most vulnerable groups
SOUTH SURIM, Thailand, 15 March 2005 - The reconstruction effort following the Indian Ocean tsunami has helped bring attention to situation of people in affected areas who have not benefited from Thailand’s rapid development.
Psychosocial care and support for Thailand’s tsunami survivors
PHUKET, Thailand, 15 March, 2005 - Many children who survived the tsunami continue to feel its effects, in the form of anxiety, recurring sadness or nightmares. Memories of the event and of what was lost - family, friends, homes - can haunt their daily lives.
Ninety days after the tsunami, Thailand’s children learn to cope with new realities
BAAN NAM KHEM, Thailand, 15 March 2005 - Thailand’s children are learning to cope with the new realities brought about by the tsunami disaster. Jackree Nimnual is one of the country’s 50,000 children who lost everything in the disaster, including loved ones.
Games and role-play teach Thai children about HIV/AIDS
BANGKOK, Thailand, 22 Februaury 2005 - In the shadow of the bustling port of Bangkok stands a community very different from the pagodas and department stores of Thailand’s capital. The slum of Khlong Toey is an area with a reputation as a haven for drugs and other criminal activities. Environments like this provide a breeding ground for HIV/AIDS, with more than 200,000 cases in Bangkok alone.
Accelerating girls' education in South Asia: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy’s visits Thailand
PHANG NGA, Thailand, 4 February 2005—UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy was in southern Thailand on Friday visiting schools and coastal areas that were hard hit by December’s devastating tsunami.
Children going back to school in Thailand
PATONG BEACH, Thailand, 14 January 2005 – In classrooms of Baan Kalim School – swept through by the surging waters of the tsunami not even three weeks ago – students are back at their desks.
Getting children back to school in Thailand
THAILAND, 7 January 2005 - Children have returned to schools in the hard-hit areas of Thailand devastated by the tsunamis. In the district of Phang-nga, and other affected areas, UNICEF is providing tents, tarpaulin and school clothing for the returning students.
Death toll on the rise in Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand, 3 January 2005 - The body count continues to rise in Thailand after massive tidal waves caused by a 9.0 earthquake smashed into the southern region of the country. The official death toll from the tsunami disaster is rapidly nearing 5,000 with thousands more still missing.
Thai children receive comfort and care
BANGKOK, Thailand, 30 December 2004 - The body count continues to rise in Thailand after Sunday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean caused massive tidal waves that smashed into the south of the country.