In a recent visit aimed at showing support and concern for Thai workers abroad, a delegation comprising Mr. Suchart Premsuriya from the Social Security office in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Mrs. Apasara Chumthong from Provincial Employment, Mr. Krittaphon Kaennakham from Provincial Labor Protection and Welfare, Mr. Winai Mayomthong from the Social Security Office, and Mr. Saksri Seng Tae, Director of the Skill Development Office under the Ministry of Labor, made their way to Ban Ao Noi Subdistrict, Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The purpose of their visit was to offer encouragement to Mrs. Sarapee Changthong, a 60-year-old mother, whose son, Mr. Narathip Changthong, aged 36, is employed as a Thai fruit picker in Israel.
The Changthong family resides in this community, approximately 60 kilometers away from the border with Lebanon and situated within the northern state of Hazafon, Israel, an area affected by recent conflict. During the visit, officials conducted thorough inquiries into the living conditions of the Thai workers and engaged in video conversations via the Line application, gaining insights into the experiences of approximately 200 Thai laborers in the region. Despite the perilous circumstances, where only two rockets had impacted 200 kilometers away, a majority of Thai workers continued their duties in Israel under the terms of their two-year employment contracts. Nevertheless, some opted to return home a few months prior to their contractual obligations.
Expressing deep concern for her son’s welfare, Mrs. Sarapee Changthong, at 60 years of age, shared that she maintains daily video communication with her son, Mr. Narathip Changthong, assuring herself of his safety and living conditions. Mr. Narathip Changthong, a resilient Thai worker in Israel at the age of 36, affirmed the relative safety of the region, characterizing it as a secure zone despite occasional stray rockets. While apprehensive about the sporadic threats, he expressed confidence in the Israeli authorities to mitigate the situation. Present in an area housing five Thai camps, he underscored his determination to fulfill his two-year work contract, having only recently begun his employment in this region.
The Thai officials continue to monitor the situation, keeping faith in the Israeli government’s ability to manage and stabilize conditions in the region, mindful of reports indicating potential underestimations in casualties due to ongoing conflicts. As the situation unfolds, both Thai authorities and families maintain a cautious yet resilient outlook, prioritizing the safety and well-being of Thai workers abroad.