Moken communities under lockdown after 15 test positive for COVID-19

The provincial communicable disease committee of the southern coastal province of Phang-nga has temporarily but completely locked down the Moken (Morgan) indigenous communities on the Surin islands in the Andaman…

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Thailand’s sea gypsies hope upcoming local elections will lead to improved livelihoods

Thailand’s indigenous Moken (Mawken or Morgan) tribe, commonly called sea gypsies or sea nomads, living in five of Thailand’s southern provinces have high hopes that the upcoming Tambon (sub-district) Administration…

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Epidemiologists sent from Bangkok to help contain COVID-19 spread on Phuket

A team of officials from the epidemiology division of Thailand’s Disease Control Department has been sent by the Ministry of Public Health to Phuket, to help health officials there in…

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Pandemic respite for Thai ‘sea gypsies’ threatened by mass tourism

Coronavirus has wrought havoc across the world, but for Thailand’s “sea gypsies” it has brought welcome respite from the threat of mass tourism. Since the pandemic began, life has been…

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