In the bustling town of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Surangkhana Khunsri’s world turned upside down when a late-night call informed her about the death of her 25-year-old son, Pongsathorn, who was working miles away in war-stricken Israel. Surangkhana, a resident of the quaint Moo 5 village nestled in the serene Nong Yang tambon in Chalerm Phra Kiat district, was awash with grief and disbelief at the horrifying news.
Before this harrowing turn of events, Surangkhana had been grappling with worry over reports that suggested her son had been taken captive by the Hamas militants. Yet, even amid despair, she clung on to a ray of hope—hope that her son was alive, albeit held hostage. Sadly, that glimmer of optimism faded when she received the dreaded call from the Thai embassy in Israel. The time was around 9pm; one could imagine the deafening silence that enveloped her as she absorbed the news of her son’s passing.
The embassy, while confirming Pongsathorn’s death, withheld the specific cause. They assured Surangkhana there would be a follow-up call the next afternoon to divulge further details.
In the face of such unspeakable loss, the heartbroken mother found her way to the statue of Thao Suranaree in Muang district. She paid her respects, praying for a miracle, hoping against hope that her son might still be alive. The aura in the air was heavy – a mother’s plea to providence for her son’s life was truly heartbreaking.
As news spread about this lamentable incident, numerous locals turned up at Surangkhana’s house on Thursday morning, bearing sympathy and moral support.
Here they shared anecdotes of Pongsathorn, affectionately known as “Green”, an industrious young man who had ventured farther afield with the intention of building a better future for his family. It was well-known that every penny he earned was diligently sent back home in the vision of a new family house – a dream that remained unfulfilled.
On that same fateful Thursday morning, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin revealed that another Thai worker has succumbed to the ongoing conflict in Israel. This pushed Thailand’s death toll relating to the Israeli crisis, which Hamas had earlier escalated with its assault over the last weekend, to a disheartening 21.