50 southern youths tour Sattahip military museum

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Youths from Thailand’s troubled south toured the Marine Corps Museum in Sattahip as part of the military’s “Thai Hearts Become One” project.

Vice Adm. Sonthaway Noichaya welcomed 50 Muslim and Buddhist teens to Chumphon Camp March 1.

Sonthaya said the project focuses on youths in three provinces torn by nine years of strife between Muslim insurgents and the Buddhist-dominated military. The mission hopes to instill understanding of the Royal Thai Navy so peace can be restored and diversity of religion and culture preserved.

Vice Adm. Sonthaway Noichaya welcomes 50 Muslim and Buddhist teens to Chumphon Camp.Vice Adm. Sonthaway Noichaya welcomes 50 Muslim and Buddhist teens to Chumphon Camp.

Student Angkhana Boksawatcha, from Narasikhalai School in Narathiwat, said she was happy to learn about the Navy and will implement lessons in her daily life. She said she wants peace to return to Narathiwat.