It's no secret that Cambodia is a war-torn country riddled with extreme poverty and devastated by the legacy of a corrupt ruler and the deaths of over 3 million affluent citizens. Little bare babies play in small lakes of muddy water, unable to enjoy their backyards for fear of stepping into their doom as the mines that litter the fields across the country still echo the after effects of war. This was our “scenic” view as we entered Siem Reap, having crossed into Cambodia from the fruitful simplicity of Laos. But this tale is not a sad one. This story, what we experienced first-hand and what moved us, is a hopeful and heartfelt one - a typical narrative that emerges from countries that have teetered on the brink of complete annihilation and still survived.
|Monk at Angkor Wat|
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