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Borderlines: Life in the mountains This journal documents my three months spent in the Doitung community in Northern Thailand, spending time with the peoples living in the mountains, hearing their stories of life under Chinese guerilla warfare, addiction to opium and forced work.

My Scholarship entry - The Northern Tribes of Doitung

The Akha tribe´s grandparents often care for their grandchildren while parents work in local factories set up by Thailand´s Royal Family to combat a lack of legitimate alternatives to the opium production industry once rife in the area. 

Not one generation before, the Northern tribes had been completely in the grips of the poppy. Old faces bear the scars of this strenous past.

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The Akha tribe´s grandparents often care for their grandchildren while parents work in local factories set up by Thailand´s Royal Family to combat a lack of legitimate alternatives to the opium production industry once rife in the area. Not one generation before, the Northern tribes had been completely in the grips of the poppy. Old faces bear the scars of this strenous past.

Tags: akha, mae fah luang, grandparents, family, alternative development, opium, drugs problems, golden triangle, thailand

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