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In pictures: Daily life in southern Thailand
A Thai Muslim rickshaw driver waits for passengers next to a bird cage in the market of Narathiwat province, south Thailand 02 November 2004.
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Southern Thailand has been hit by almost daily violence this year, mainly blamed on suspected Muslim separatists. Despite the fear and uncertainty this breeds, ordinary people have to get on with their daily lives.
A Thai fisherman casts his net on a Narathiwat beach in southern Thailand, 02 November 2004.
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In the southern province of Narathiwat, daily life for most people involves fishing or farming.
Thai Muslim women workers dry salted fish in the sun in Narathiwat province, south Thailand 02 November 2004.
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Such a reliance on traditional industries has left average incomes well below Thailand's average.
Thai Muslim women worker dry salted fish in the sun against the Narathiwat mosque in south Thailand 02 November 2004.
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About 4% of Thailand's population is Muslim, nearly all of whom live in the south. Muslim leaders have called on Bangkok to stop discriminating against the region.
Thai Muslim women shop for sandals in a market place in Narathiwat province, south Thailand 02 November 2004.
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Most peoples' dress and language also sets them apart. Narathiwat is mainly Yawi speaking, a Malay dialect, with historical and social ties with Malaysia.
Buddhist monk puts the final touches on a traditional cart during the annual festival at a temple in Pattani province, southern Thailand, 02 November
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Buddhists, who account for about a fifth of Narathiwat's population, are increasingly alarmed by the almost daily toll of violence.
A Thai worker takes a nap on a tree by the Narathiwat beach in southern Thailand, 02 November 2004.
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While tourists, despite the beautiful beaches, are being warned to stay away for the moment.






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