Stars are found underground: Thai cave boys deal with fame
A year after their rescue, most of the 12 ‘Wild Boars’ still live in their poor hometown, which is now full of tourists
A football team made up mostly of poor or stateless teenagers entered a tourist cave complex in northern Thailand a year ago on a day trip, accompanied by their coach.
They emerged 18 days later to global acclaim, courted by film producers, authors and talk show hosts eager to tell the remarkable story of a daring operation that rescued them from the flooded depths.
Most of the 12 “Wild Boars”, as the team was known, still live in the poor northern town of Mae Sai, once a sleepy backwater but now inundated with selfie-snapping tourists...