RANONG PROVINCE,SOUTHERN THAILAND,AUGUST 2012: Moken and Thai/Muslim kids at school in Koh Lao. Moken children often drop out of school to join their parents fishing so teachers struggle to keep them in class. Ranong province, southern Thailand.
The Moken are a nomadic sea people who live in and around southern Thailand, traditionally feeding of the fruits of the sea for eight months a year. But the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami destroyed many livelihoods, and the Moken were forced onto the land.
Brought to the world's attention by the natural disaster, the seafaring tribe is struggling to reconcile tradition and modernity, leaving behind their "sea gypsy" life for a modern existence