re-blogged from https://www.carolinemitic.com
Living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, means that I have to be prepared for the unexpected. Recently I was asked to take my camera into a very impoverished community situated on a lake that is being pumped full of the city’s sewage, while simultaneously being filled in for development. Talk about backwards.
Getting to photograph a place that is so poverty-stricken, was very humbling, indeed. These people live in nothing but shanty huts covered in tarps. They don’t have an income, and often turn to drugs or domestic abuse as a release. Young children run around, laughing, kicking a soccer ball, perhaps oblivious to the disadvantage their birthplace will have on them. For now they are innocent, but sadly, they’ll grow up fast due to family dysfunction.
I will never again take my Western upbringing for granted. Working with marginalized Cambodians has given me an appreciation for life that is difficult to get any other way.
Caroline, this is a very poignant photo collection. All that poverty and hopelessness, and still the beautiful children smile. Sometimes there really seems to be no justice in the world – thanks for bringing that to the forefront. We in the privileged nations need more exposure to the reality of impoverished living for so many fellow human beings. We’re so proud of you, Caroline, for traveling this past year’s journey with your eyes wide open. We’re also counting the days til you will be safely at home with us again. Stay safe and well.
Hi Caroline – a picture is worth as they say a thousand words that is the impression for us re all the pictures you sent. just so hard to believe when you see the poverty – not one of us have anything to complain about – your expierence is an eye opening for all of us – have a safe trip back home – now we can start counting the days.
All our Love Syl and Kay.
Exeriencing this kind of poverty really does change your perspective. You may find it difficult readjusting to our over-abundant corner of the world upon your return. Safe travels mine kint.
What an eye opener.
Thanks for sharing.
What a life changing experience this is for you. My big eye opener was when I traveled for work 1988-93; saw a lot more than potatoes. I think the world would be a much better place if every lucky (that’s all of us) Westerner spent a bit of time in an impoverished faraway country to see firsthand how much of the world lives.
Be careful out there!