There’s something really touching about this story.
A few provinces in the south of Thailand have a Muslim majority. There has been sporadic Muslim seperatist violence recently, and protests, during which, a few weeks ago, hundreds protestors were arrested and locked in containers on the back of trucks; airless and in blazing heat, 78 of the protesters suffocated to death. Following this there were reprisal attacks. The situation is becoming a mess.
So in an attempt to calm the situation, the Thai government has encouraged people all over the country to make origami cranes, the sign of peace. 50 Air Force planes are currently dropping one hundred million paper birds over the troubled provinces - one of which gives a scholarship to the finder, signed by the Prime Minister.
I have no idea whether it will work, but it’s fascinating to see non-linear, non-western thinking applied a serious political problem.