When Floods Strike, Indigenous Populations Are Often Forgotten

Rain, the monsoon, then nature brews its wrath, with the vicious series of landslides and floods. It’s that time of the year, when communities are made vulnerable by environmental neglect and the fury of mother nature.

The challenges, as governments, military, emergency workers, and NGOs work hand-in-hand with society to save villages, towns, industrial areas and cities. Yet very little is mentioned on mainstream media regarding indigenous populations. Barely two or so articles about Malaysia’s Orang Asli communities in the face of a raging flood, and nothing at all from Thailand’s junta-fearing press about the Mani tribes in flood-wrecked south Thailand. I grow weary of continued societal ignorance, and how indigenous communities are often neglected in the equation of flood relief.


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