Crossing Divides: Thai orchestra fights bloodshed with music

_101050481_ca9802b3-c15b-4798-944b-08a54b62ff6bThe 14-year conflict between Muslim insurgents and authorities in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives. But can music help bridge the sectarian divide?

Watching news coverage of the repeated killings in southern Thailand led one city mayor to a depressing conclusion.

“Every time a situation arises, there are two mindsets: if you’re a Buddhist you will feel satisfied when a Muslim dies, and if you’re a Muslim it’s the other way around,” says Pongsak Yingchoncharoen. Full story.

Nanchanok Wongsamuth (BBC News) / April 29, 2018

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