Wild Boars Granted Thai Citizenship

4 Wild Boars Granted Thai Citizenship: Official

4 Wild Boars Granted Thai Citizenship: Official

The 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave pose with a drawing picture of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, from the "Wild Boars" soccer team were catapulted into the global spotlight after they became trapped inside the Tham Luang Cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Three young footballers and their coach who were among the 13 dramatically rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave in early July yesterday took the oath of citizenship after being granted Thai nationality. Chiang Rai, the region where the group was trapped in the cave, is near the country's border with Laos and Myanmar.

They survived for nine days on water dripping from rocks before they were discovered.

A dramatic, worldwide rescue effort ended on July 10 when they were all brought out safely after an ordeal lasting more than two weeks.

The boys and coach were among 13 people who were trapped in the cave for several weeks, surviving by drinking water that dripped from the walls of the cave, until they were found by scuba divers after a round-the-clock worldwide rescue effort. They also got Thai national identification cards on Wednesday.

Somsak Kanakam, chief officer of Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai, said they had "all the qualifications".

Venus Srisuk, director of Bureau Registration Administration said that Mongkol Boonpium and Pornchai Khamluang became Thai citizens because their migrant parents have lived in Thailand more than 15 years.

Citizenship requests for some twenty other people, a lot of them children, were also approved, Somsak added.

According to Thai government statistics, there are 488,105 stateless people registered in Thailand, but that number could be as high as 3.5 million, according to the International Observatory on Statelessness.

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