Richard Potter

Richard Potter is a writer and social worker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has been published in Vice, Mondoweiss, and Your Middle East News, among other publications. His work focuses on issues in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, with an emphasis on personal stories and human voices from within broader stories of conflict.

Ahmadis fleeing Pakistan and seeking asylum in Thailand

Bangkok is a city celebrated for its beauty and tradition, and also one notorious for a nefarious underbelly, driven largely by the same tourist market that buttresses the Thai economy. It’s an unfair reputation that has ignored or quickly forgotten the human lives that stay there, beneath the gloss and grit filtered into movies and documentaries, among the outskirts. The first part of this series covered the lives of Christians, who fled persecution in Pakistan, and are staying in Thailand …