Beyond, way beyond, the traffic of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and on the border of Vietnam and Laos, is the Ratanakiri Province. Here, paved roads give way to dusty, rust-colored dirt paths, and wooden homes perched on knobby stilts are the norm. One of the least developed places in the country, the people here are a minority, the Khmer Loeu, with a history of slavery.

This area is home to numerous small villages, well off the beaten path, packed with some of the most beautiful children I have ever seen. Unlike the children I met in Nkombo, Rwanda, these children come close to us. They smile with us. They don’t speak a word of English, but it doesn’t matter. We communicate with giggles, photos and play.

There’s much more to come on my visit to this region, but here is a little start …

The children in Cambodia's Ratanakiri Province

4 comments

  1. You obviously love Cambodia as much as I do . I would love to see the rest of your blog.
    We have recently returned mesmerizing country and were moved by what we saw and heard. Yet at the same time we marveled at the people , their dignity, their courage in the face of adversity, their resourcefulness and their generosity of spirit.
    In the UK we hear little of Cambodia, it seems Cambodia doesn’t have a voice here and I was shocked at my ignorance of their past and its legacy. So I made a video to share what I had experienced with others the good and the bad. I would like to share it with you.

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