Children of This City

I took these photos in Phnom Penh, Cambodia a few weeks ago. The country is in the manic throes of rapid development, resulting in congestion, flooding and pollution, among other problems. Despite this, children in Phnom Penh make up a strong presence on the streets, more than any other city I’ve been to. My last post described the saddening sight of young children working on the streets of Phnom Penh, but I was often lifted by seeing other children make this chaotic city their playground. Their unconditional acceptance of “what is” inspired me greatly. Side note: I do wonder if the children in the first and last photos may actually have been working in some way…I hope they were just building sand castles.

 

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