• Short Summary

    The Thai Government is continuing its broadcasts in the local dialects of half a million northern hill tribesmen, as part of its battle against both opium growing and Communist subversion.

  • Description

    The Thai Government is continuing its broadcasts in the local dialects of half a million northern hill tribesmen, as part of its battle against both opium growing and Communist subversion.

    Daily broadcasts from powerful 50-kilowatt Government radio transmitters in several northern provinces are aimed at audiences of six major tribes - Karens, Meos, Yaos, Musers, Lahus and Lisus.

    An estimated 50,000 opium-growing Meos are spread over Tak and Chiang Mai provinces on the Burmese border. They have been so thoroughly infiltrated and subverted by Communists over the past five years that two divisions of the Thai army and thousands of armed police are currently engaged in suppression operations.

    Another 100,000 Yaos, Lahus, Ekors and Lisus living next to the Meos are free from Communist influence, but they have yet to give up poppy cultivation which annually yields about 150 tons of opium.

    The Karens - who are featured in this film - are not affected either by Communists or opium. But they are concentrated in several provinces hugging Burma, where fellow Karen rebels control border areas and feel kinship with them.

    The tribe featured in this film live around 3,000 feet up a mountain and depend for a living on primitive farming, and hunting in the jungle. Originally, the tribe migrated from Tibet and slowly moved south. They're still itinerant - settling down in one place for only two or three years before moving on and cultivating new lands.

    The village in which they live is known as "Ban Docden" and has a population of about 35 families (100 people), three elephants and some water buffaloes.

    Their staple food is rice - they don't yet know how to grow fruit and vegetables.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA17UZ9ZQ5YC2IFKBJ6U9ABTE1P
    Media URN:
    VLVA17UZ9ZQ5YC2IFKBJ6U9ABTE1P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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