“I think there is a sort of community spirity of everyone coming together,” Werner said.
Werner said that when she told people she is a reporter on the story, “immediately you have their attention, because everyone is so focused on this story.”
A rice farmer told The New York Times that she already prepared her soil for the season, but when she returned from volunteering to help the boys, her fields had been flooded with water from the cave. She said she is not concerned about that, because the boys were found alive.
“I am more than willing to have my rice fields flooded as long as the children are safe,” she told the Times. “The boys are like my children.”