"I don't feel lonely here," Porntip said. "I have vegetables. I have a house, and I have safety."
"I'm so happy to be here," she said. Echoing many of her neighbors when asked how long they'll stay, she replied: "Maybe forever."
The women of Rotan Batu, known informally as the Widows' Village, have lost their husbands to the bombs or bullets of a Muslim insurgency that has made this area of jungle and dirt-road villages the most dangerous part of Thailand.
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