Koh Kret, Thailand

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The land of a thousand potteries. Dominated by the Muslim population, it is stuck in the middle of two big canals. During the flood, hundreds of lives were put in stake as waters rose. The government put only 5,000 baht (around 170 dollars) per household for all the damages (both economically and physically), which was barely enough. “Asking for help…Don’t do it, it’s too hard. Just try to survive,” quotes one of the pottery venders. Her eyes are sunken deep, gazing with weary eyes. Her business is running smoothly now, but she remembers a time when the entire first floor crashed down and thousands of baht’s worth of handicraft was broken. 

Now facades are being built up again to show tourists a constructed reality. But behind closed factory doors, the marks of erosion high in the walls and webbed masterpieces still lay. 

 

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