Letter From Bangkok

Slum rapper delivers stark message about Thai disparity

He urges help for Klongtoey, featured in acclaimed documentary School Town King, with its struggle to survive in abysmal conditions.

Bangkok rapper Thanayut Na Ayutthaya, aka Elevenfinger, lives in Klongtoey. That is Thailand’s biggest slum, where residents are bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Tell me when you are ready," the rapper known as Elevenfinger says as I adjust my camera.

Dressed in a beige polo tee, slim jogging pants and white sneakers, he bends down every few paces to pick something off the ground to stuff into his pocket.

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