Photo of the Week #1- Kids of Cambodia

9 Feb

Where- Siem Reap, Cambodia

When- January 2011

This was my first day in Cambodia. We had arrived in Siem Reap after the long bus trip from Bangkok and visited this slum on the outskirts of town, the kids here were the poorest of the poor but as I traveled through that beautiful country they started to encapsulate everything I saw in Cambodia.

They are poor and the stories you hear about their families are horrific. On top of the struggle of finding food for their families, their parents face the threat of being maimed by mines or forced into prostitution to try to provide a better life for their kids. The children have to go into the tourist areas of town to beg or hawk souvenirs. When we visited this school that had been set up by a charity in this area the children swarmed out, they wanted to play, cuddle or try out our cameras. They laughed and smiled it was truly beautiful. My friend threw this kid up in the air only for them to crash to the ground… Did they cry? No. That’s true resilience.

That’s what I see in Cambodia. Resilience. Despite the horrors the country has been through they continue to pick themselves up and carry on in a way that instills great hope in those who see it.

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