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Reference : V-P-TH-E-00164
Date : 12/2010
Country/Region : THAILAND
Caption : Pattani, Yala railway station. Families waiting for the train to Bangkok. The ICRC sponsored 33 families the trip to Bangkok to allow them to visit their jailed relatives there.
Photographer : WANICHAKORN, Wason
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Thailand: families from Thailand's deep south visit jailed relatives in Bangkok.

Southern Thailand has been affected by violence since 2004, and ICRC delegates have been visiting people arrested in connection with the violence since it began. The ICRC has recently enabled 33 families to make the long trip from southern Thailand to Bangkok, to visit relatives held there in connection with the violence. Without the help of the ICRC, the families could not afford to pay for transportation and accomodation.
The visits are often emotional journeys for all concerned, as they offer a chance for prisoners and families to speak to one another freely and for much longer than the standard prison visiting times allow. For most detainees, many of whom are married and have children, these visits are a rare opportunity to see how their families are faring.
Since the programme started in 2005, 90 families have visited their relatives in prison.
Source: ICRC website, 18.01.2011.

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