A dozen kids in her care, but they've never celebrated Children's Day

Thai children look at a gun displayed during celebrations for the National Children's Day at a military base in Narathiwat province on January 10, 2015. Thailand celebrates National Children's Day on the second Saturday of January every year.

Never before have the 12 children under Mariyoh Sorheh's care - including her five biological children - celebrated National Children's Day, because as the family's sole breadwinner she has always too busy.

"I feel pity for them … but I can't take them to any event," the Pattani resident said.

"I really don't have any other choice. It's quite a struggle already to fill all the empty stomachs here."

Mariyoh cares for seven of her nieces and nephews, who are either orphaned or have lost a parent as a result of the ongoing unrest in the deep South.

The latest surge in violence has plagued the country's southernmost region for about a decade.

Teenage siblings Rachen and Sewita Sama-ae lost their father in a shooting linked to the unrest nine years ago.

Two years later their mother died in a road accident, resulting in Mariyoh taking them in.

"If I could ask for a gift for them on National Children's Day, I would like to ask that they get a computer," she said. "I know many of their school assignments require the use of a computer."

Thailand celebrates National Children's Day on the second Saturday of January every year. To mark the special day today, several fun-filled events will be held.

Government House will open its doors to children, who will be allowed to sit on Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha's chair, while most schools held special activities yesterday.

In Yala, a show was staged at Ban Pong Yeu Rai School.

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