Gov't Drops Origami Birds on Muslim South in "Peace Bombing"

December 5, 2004

Source: BBC News

On December 5, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The Thai government has dropped an estimated one hundred million paper origami birds in an unusual peace bid.

The birds were dropped by military planes over the country's Muslim south after a surge of violence in the area.

Ordinary Thais across the nation have folded and written peace messages on the paper cranes in a campaign devised by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

But those critical of the campaign say it will not solve the complex problems that have caused the violence.

The 'peace bombing' was scheduled to coincide with the 77th birthday of revered king, Bhumibol Adulyadej."