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As Myanmar drugs turn Thai youth gangs to violence, Thai woman struggles to reform them

For many years in Chiang Mai, Thailand, over 50 youth gangs, inflamed by drugs from nearby Myanmar, have engaged in violent turf wars. In the last decade-plus a woman named Laddawan Chaininpun, nicknamed Grandmother Aew, has worked with the gangs. By now, she has persuaded about half of them to meet together peacefully. Recently she has received support from the Swedish branch of a temperance organization, the Good Templars. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on October 30, 2007 at 07:05 PM in Heroin, Myanmar, Opium, Thailand | Permalink