[Yala Province, Thailand, May 18. Image via Getty]

Two muslim girls raise a national flag at their school in Thailand's restive southern Yala province on May 18, 2009. School children across Thailand entered the first day of educational term. More than 3,600 people have been killed and thousands more injured in five years of separatist violence across the three restive provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. AFP PHOTO / MUHAMMAD SABRI (Photo credit should read MUHAMMAD SABRI/AFP/Getty Images)