Risking their lives, young eager children swim across the Moei River: the great river that flows northwards separating Myanmar (Burma) from Thailand. Each year new waves of child fighters enter Thailand to partake in the national sport - Muay Thai. Many enter legally, but others take more questionable and dangerous routes, but all share the same reasons for this difficult and lonely journey - to earn as much money as possible fighting in the stadiums in order to send it back home to their families. In one fight, these determined children can earn twice the adult daily minimum wage in their own country, Myanmar.
Around 3,000 Lumad students have been affected, displaced and traumatised by the presence of state troops and paramilitary who occupy the areas of Mindanao. Large scale mining and plantations expansions also pose a threat to the land of the Lumad people and local communities. After a series of failed attempts at demanding that the Secretary of the Department of Education condemn The Armed Forces' attacks on Lumad schools, and the continuing lack of recognition of all Lumad community schools in Mindanao - the students and teachers have now mounted a huge demonstration in the streets of Manila. The use of the term Lumad to refer to the collective identify of the natives of Mindanao can be tracked back to the 1970s . At this time these different groups where were beset by the influx of logging projects and agricultural plantations pushed by private corporations and backed by the state and armed forces under Marcos' Martial Law.
There are an estimated 603,000+ people that have recently fled across the border from neighbouring Myanmar.