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March

Preparing for Mining and Development ​

By Alexa Soucy, grade 10

We are creating a documentary on the Radical Grandmas and their fight against the TKL mining company. This company is setting up mines in the Khao Lu One sub districts. They are mining for gold. They use cyanide to separate the gold from ore. What happens is the cyanide-contaminated water is stored in these ailments ponds. Sometimes the tail ponds break and when they break the cyanide-contaminated water goes into the rivers and water sources that the villagers use to bathe, cook, and farm. I’m excited to meet the grandmas because I’ve heard they are really nice. I also like the idea of weaving because I want to be a weaving master. During this homestay, I really want to connect with the Thai people and immerse myself in the culture.