STATELESS FOOTBALLERS RESCUED FROM THAI CAVE GRANTED CITIZENSHIP.

Thirty people, including three Wild Boars footballers and their coach-turned-monk, show their ID cards after receiving Thai citizenship at the district office in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on August 8, 2018. Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of the football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month. During their ordeal, it emerged that the three boys and their coach were among around 480,000 stateless people living in the South East Asian country. The four were part of a 13-strong team, known as the Wild Boars, who became trapped deep in a cave on 23 June. They were found by two British divers nine days later, but it took another six days to rescue the first team members. Many of Thailand's stateless people are from nomadic hill tribes and other ethnic groups who have lived around the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China for centuries. Photo courtesy Bangkokpost

Last Updated: 2018-08-09

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