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Alcoholism and domestic violence are commonplace in Moken villages. Traditionally a seafaring gypsy people, the Moken are among the poorest and most marginalised groups in Thailand. Mool's family and most of her village moved to mainland Thailand only after the tsunami wiped out nearby Surin Island, where they had lived in almost total isolation for generations.<br />
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On April 27, Mrs Mool Klatalay was savagely beaten by her drunken husband. The beating took place in the hovel where Mool lived in a small sea gypsy village in southern Thailand's Phang Nga province. Villagers heard her screams, but no one intervened. No one took her to hospital. She died at home 48 hours later, after losing four pints of blood through internal bleeding. She leaves two sons, aged 19 and 12, and a daughter, aged 3.

Alcoholism and domestic violence are commonplace in Moken villages. Traditionally a seafaring gypsy people, the Moken are among the poorest and most marginalised groups in Thailand. Mool's family and most of her village moved to mainland Thailand only after the tsunami wiped out nearby Surin Island, where they had lived in almost total isolation for generations.

On April 27, Mrs Mool Klatalay was savagely beaten by her drunken husband. The beating took place in the hovel where...
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