Special Report:

A poor community of less than 500 people who mostly make a living from picking through the trash at Saphan Hin have made a plea to the Phuket Governor for help in expediting their claim to live in a protected mangrove forest on the outskirts of Phuket Town.

Will the villagers finally get a place to call home? The Phuket Gazette’s Saran Mitrarat reports.

PHUKET: The small village that currently calls itself the “Klong Koh Pee Community” numbers 171 households whose residents once lived on the fringe of the huge landfill behind the Saphan Hin incinerator in Phuket Town.