A student finishes her studies at a 'pondok' or private Islamic school in Yala city, Thailand February 17, 2007. Many of the south's pondoks are thought to staff secretive teachers who use radical Muslim propaganda to recruit young males and females for rebel groups who carry out attacks on civilian and military targets.

Before being annexed by Thailand, a Buddhist kingdom, the predominantly Muslim south was an independent sultanate. Since 2004 violence has surged again and nearly 2000 people have died in attacks carried out by illusive Muslim rebel groups thought to be fighting for independence or greater sovereignty. (image by Joshua Kraemer)
A student finishes her studies at a 'pondok' or private Islamic school in Yala city, Thailand February 17, 2007. Many of the south's pondoks are thought to staff secretive teachers who use radical Muslim propaganda to recruit young males and females for rebel groups who carry out attacks on civilian and military targets. Before being annexed by Thailand, a Buddhist kingdom, the predominantly Muslim south was an independent sultanate. Since 2004 violence has surged again and nearly 2000 people have died in attacks carried out by illusive Muslim rebel groups thought to be fighting for independence or greater sovereignty.
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