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Meet Beam


Jantakarn Thep-Chuay (better known by nickname Beam) is only 8 years and does not fully understand why her father is not coming home after the tsunami. Last seen, he was at a construction site close to the beach in Khao Lak in the southern district of Phang Nga. His body has still not been identified. Their house, a safe distance inland, was not affected, but Beam’s mother Sumontha now has to keep hostile in-laws at bay even as she looks after Beam and a younger brother, not yet two. As her school was destroyed, Beam now attends a temporary school which will soon be replaced by a massive ‘tsunami school’. Beam misses her father enormously, and remarks at every dinner that “food is not at all delicious without Daddy.”

 

 

 

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