Gallery II

Dreams

When confronted with the diagnosis, hiv/aids patients as any other human beings with a terminal disease dream about how life and existence was. Forgiveness and hope never disappears, even if their fate has been decided by someone else.

Solvent Abuse

Although drug use in recent years has been shifting towards yamaa and heroin, solvent abuse or glue sniffing is still the most accessible form of drug for teenagers and children.

These are young people whose parents decided to throw away the key. They decided it best to fill the early years of these lives with utmost horror, disrespect and exploitation in such a degree, they deprived them of their only option to enjoy the glory filled years of childhood.

They let them taste the worst elements of pain, mentally and physically. These young men and women have lost their ability to dream.

Their parents abused them. Now they abuse themselves.

Poverty

The people who have no other options end up living at landfills. Entire families give up and separate with immeasurable consequences for the children. already living in some of the worst conditions you can imagine.

Scrapyard

When the valuable remains have been collected in the streets and dumps and other places obtainable, they are sent for recycling. In a circle around the major cities, scrap yards can be found. Here aluminium, plastics and other materials, fit for recycling are packaged and trucked to Thailand.

As young people, attracted by relatively higher wages, fight for jobs in the dangerous environment, many fatalities occur from careless and inexperienced workers. Truck drivers journey long hours on treacherous roads to the Thai border, only to be harassed and asked for bribes.

Slavery

Slavery still exists. To build up the so called new global economy.

In brick factories around the larger cities in Cambodia, men and women are paid dimes for back breaking work, leaving only human affection untouched by the greed of powerful owners and the way the powerful elite want our world to be.

And so it has become.

May Day

Most of Cambodia’s population call themselves farmers. but in a subsistence culture where a bad season or illness in the family can mean borrowing money, many leave their rural villages to seek labouring work in the big cities. and few are aware of their rights or of the risks when they find temporary work on construction sites.

On the 1st of May, May Day, the sweat shop workers in Cambodia for a 100$US a month minimum wage. They work up to 16 hours a day and then gets stuffed, standing, onto open trucks in durations of up to 3 hours daily.

To their and other union claims. Hun Sen, the prime minister (2006) replied :

“Let them work more hours, so they can earn more money!”

Squatters

There are dramas, occasions, routines, efforts , hardships and joys experienced inside these homes. Homes of cardboard, wood and old metal plates.

People live in different realities and the answer to whether or not these can be viewed as just lies in your own spirit. Whether you look at the surroundings or emotions, the realities in the slums of Phnom Penh are of love and at the same time pity.

Buddhism

Buddhism is a deep rooted part of many South East Asian countries.

Buddhism is not found everywhere in Asia, but where existing, it plays a vital role in explaining the cultural and social structures of this corner of the World.

Rituals

In the Buddhist religion it is believed we will be reborn after death. The circle of life is only broken when Nirvana is reached. A high stage which only some Buddha’s have reached.

The end of life is celebrated rather than mourned. Three people, a 76 year old man, a 32 year old mother and a six year old boy.

It is said that death is always faced alone. Though this may be true, the rituals and the way through which humans interact with and face the end of mortal life, can be a way of coming to terms with the greatest question of them all.

Life Love

Together with a migrant population, land issues are one of Cambodia’s biggest challenges. The majority of the urban population are de facto squatters, not having any legal claim to their land or home. Since the fall of the Khmer Rouge, nobody really knows who owns what. In this turmoil, like many other following conflicts, the powerful grab what they can and the common man is left with nothing.

Conditions can at times be horrendous and diseases flourish, as do crime and the rampant corruption, that occasionally evicts people to give way for profitable constructions such as casinos and hotels.

These people’s realities become more and more common across the world, as people with less material wealth cling on to what they can, in a world, obsessed by seemingly ever increasing greed.

Migration

Migration is one of the defining global issues at this present time, as more people than ever before are on the move. People are forced to leave their places of birth for a number of reasons, such as war, general health, environmental or land degradation or deprivation.

In many corners of the world, people are constantly on the move to try to support themselves and their families, often caught in a spiral corruption, where the men of law have little conscience and benefit from their misery.

Children

Children are our future. This is often said, however the conditions and lives they face, often lead to other associations, only balanced with the energy and resilience they bring into life.

Khmer Rouge Trials

With the fall of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is a country in rapid change and growth; and growth hurts. The embrace of never times and the acceptance of more personal freedom and finance has left a country divided in many social layers.

NGO’s are struggling to fill a gap in a country dominated by corrupt politicians. Often displaying adequate funds, they themselves become symbols of the grave injustice, the people of this country are facing on a daily basis.

Even after 26 years (2006) the people of Cambodia are still lingering in the trail of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot.

Olympic

At the olympic stadium in central Phnom Penh, athletes meet in the early morning hours to compete in different sports. The lack of sponsors and facilities for sports in Cambodia is critical.

Every morning, hundreds of hopeful youths flock to this reminisce of Russian influence and compete to win each others respect and possible foreign talent scout’s eyes.