“The Next Cambodia”

All photos copyright Jika González: "I saw this boy walking barefoot and alone on a long dirt road in the outskirts of Siem Reap. According to the Cambodia Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights, 35% of Cambodian’s live under the poverty line, and 90% of them live in rural areas."

Here’s a really nice photo essay with a short introduction from a young Mexican born photographer, Jika González, looking at tomorrow’s Cambodia by focusing her eyes and lens on today’s Cambodian youth:

“The youth of a nation is that country’s future. While this is true for all countries, the weight of carrying this heavy responsibility rests especially heavy on the shoulders of the Cambodian youth. According to the C.I.A. World Fact Book, an amazing 50% of Cambodia’s population is under the age of 22…”

The short text from Jika and her pictures will give you some great insight into what to expect if you are planning a trip to Cambodia and will bring back lots of memories if you have been. And if you fall into neither categories, then the essay may change that :)…..

(Thinking of visiting the temples of Angkor Wat? Don’t forget to check out my friend Savuth’s tuk tuk services and all the handy information available on Angkortuktuk!)

~ by Leonard on September 15, 2010.

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