…entre nous soit dit…

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Old Photos: Cambodia

So I was going through some of my photos from Cambodia the other day, searching for all the ones from the temples to match the posts that I put up recently, and whilst I was in the files, I found all these ones and realised that I never posted them up. So here they are: my photos from a small rural make shift shanty shack “town”. These people have nothing – no food, no money and no where to go. They create their little houses on the slopes between the government owned road and the privately owned fields: No man’s land. They’re squatters in a third world country with no prospects. C.H.O.I.C.E. is a volunteer organisation that takes other volunteers (usually travelers passing through Phnom Penh that hear about it) out to deliver donated food and to give medical care.

They need help.




These are two of my favourite images from all the photos I took that day.





(pity this one didn’t quite focus properly)






The funny part is the fact that, despite having absolutely nothing, these are some of the happiest people you’ll probably meet in Cambodia. They’re always over the moon when the volunteers come through because they’re always foreigners and so something completely different to what they’re used to. They have a laugh and a joke, and most of all, they’ll ask you to take their photo – and then show them straight afterwards. All they want is a little attention and care. Some happy time that helps them escape the reality of their lives, even if just for an hour.

It was the same with the kids from the orphanage. They might have had no families, or bad back grounds, but those kids were the happiest kids I’ve seen in a long time. They appreciate life unlike children in Western societies. They see new family, new hope and a chance to enjoy life where they couldn’t before. They’re happy, and it spreads happiness.



May 17, 2010 - Posted by | Cambodia/Vietnam Trip, people, photography, Travel


  1. This country is already too much of a guilt trip without you posting something like this.

    Comment by chris | May 17, 2010 | Reply

    • It wasn’t supposed to be a guilt trip silly. It’s just old photography that I took and I liked. That’s all. It was a good day, but at the same time, it was a bunch of westerners doing an act to make themselves feel good and taking photos of it for proof that they are good… and then exploiting the children by taking a million photos.

      the thing about Cambodia’s poverty is, that you’ve got to realise that no matter how much money you pump into the country, it’s never going to do any good for the poverty stricken because of the corrupt government and the huge polar distance between the rich and poor. Even the kids selling books and begging on the streets are organised group with a leader that reaps most of the earnings. Majority of the orphanages don’t look after the children, but instead keep them looking scruffy and train them to get pity, whilst the director of the orphanage takes all the money (and that’s legal).

      Once you realise you can’t really do anything, you’re a lot better off.

      Comment by Petite Mystere | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. I already know that I can’t do anything. It doesn’t make this place any more appealing, nor does it make it easier to walk through it withought feeling a crushing sense of guilt and disgust at ever corner.

    Comment by chris | May 17, 2010 | Reply

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