Ratree Kongwatmai carries two pictures of her eight-year-old daughter. One shows the girl smiling, glowing with happiness. The other shows the girl 10 days after the tsunami, the body decomposed beyond recognition.
"Look at my daughter’s body," Ratree insists. The deep pain in her voice makes it hard for anyone to refuse.
"If you don’t, you won’t understand my pain and my rage."
After surviving the killer waves, Ratree rushed back to find her daughter at Laem Pom, which is part of an old tin mine site in Ban Nam Khem, the worst-hit seaside village in Phangnga.
She found the devastated area had already been sealed off by a group of armed men hired by the nai toon (money baron), who has claimed ownership over the beach-front community of some 50 families.
The land dispute dates back three years, when the nai toon presented the villagers with a land ownership document. The villagers contested the legality of the document, yet today the case remains unsettled. When the tsunami struck, land speculators hired men to stop the villagers from going into their neighbourhood to find their loved ones.