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Sanan Kla-Thalae, a.k.a Bao

Although Sanan Kla-Thalae (nicknamed Bao), now 16, has been fishing since he was 12, he can no longer trust the sea. He lost both his parents to the tsunami, and is now in the care of his grandparents. Known locally as ‘sea gypsies’, their extended family was based at Koh Pratong Island in Phang Nga district, where they used to catch fish, crabs and squid. With houses, school and fishing craft destroyed, they have taken temporary shelter on the mainland, but hope to return to their island as soon as possible. For now, younger brother Dum attends a nearby school, while Bao and grandparents are adjusting to their new roles.