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Footprint Out of a Memory


 Two tribes, two continents... A common history.

As a result of the residential school phenomenon in the U.S., tens of thousands of indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and taken to institutions – where they were expected to discard their languages and traditions in favor of so-called “progressive” modern civilization. 

Tragically, what took place in the U.S. is now repeating itself in northern Thailand:  largely unrecognized as citizens by the Thai government, the Akha people are extremely vulnerable to the foreign-run institutions that “recruit” Akha children, promising their parents that they will have a “better, modern life.” 

Is it too late to reverse this pernicious dynamic among the Akha?  Is there no alternative way for the international community to encourage the socio-economic development of tribal peoples?

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