Cycle rickshaws have survived both Thailand’s rapid modernisation and a ban from the streets of Bangkok. But almost 150 years after making its first appearance, the three-wheeled vehicle is becoming a rare sight in the Northeast.
This is Part 1 in a series telling stories about how community members’ everyday lives have been affected. In the past two weeks, the threat of rising waters has brought uncertainty to the lives of one community in the form of flooded fields, crop failure, and restoration efforts.
A land rights activist whose husband was disappeared last year is serving a six-month sentence in prison for encroaching on national forest reserves. Her fellow community members continue to organize resistance as their numbers dwindle.
This is Part II of the story of an ailing man who’s struggling to navigate Thailand’s revered healthcare system — one that fails to care for its neediest patients. Today’s story discusses the larger forces that have impacted his fate.