Relations Strained Between Thai Muslims and Buddhists

October 5, 2003

Source: The St. Augustine Record

On October 5, 2003 The St. Augustine Record ran an Associated Press story on relations between Muslims and Buddhists in Thailand: "The dialect, culture and religion of Thai Muslims have long sparked mistrust among some officials and among the country's Buddhist majority. Some Buddhists use the slur 'khaek' -- unwanted visitor -- to refer to anyone resembling people from the Middle East, South Asia or Malaysia.

While resentful, many Thai Muslims say that is little enough to bear when compared to the sufferings of their religious brethren elsewhere in the world who suffer war and terrorism."