The Killing Season

Eight-year-old Jay Unthong's mother was the first casualty in Thailand's war on drugs. She died just after midnight on Feb. 1, moments after the launch of a three-month government campaign to rid the country of narcotics. Jay's parents were small-time dealers in their village of Ban Rai, in western Ratchaburi province. His mother, Yupin, was reportedly on a police blacklist. Her husband, Boonchuay, spent 18 months in jail for possession of amphetamine pills, known in Thai as ya ba, or crazy medicine. On Jan. 31, the family spent the evening playing fairground games...

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