08 Dec Pic(k) of the week 49: THE KIDS OF CAMBODIA

Source: Bjorn Moerman

My last two Pic(k)s of the week, have been coming from a recent photo-adventure to Cambodia. Typically for most of my longer travel photography trips, I try to work on a short personal project during the trip.  In the late seventies, when I was about 9, I vividly remembered when a Cambodian boy came to my local school to attend classes. We were told that he had lost his parents and had come to Belgium as a refugee. At the time, we had no idea what was happening in Cambodia under the Pol Pot regime.
When I visited Cambodia for the first time last month, I learned that between 1975 and 1979, one in four people were killed in one of the largest genocides in history. 
Linking the facts together 40 years later, a new project called “The Kids of Cambodia” was quickly born! In this personal project, I’m showing 100 different kids in a variety of cities and small villages across the country. 

Although Cambodia is still number 14 in the ranking of the poorest countries in the world, I found a lot of smiley faces and mostly people that wanted to get on with their life’s! 
The image below of a Western girl, sitting next to two Cambodian boys along the river in Siem Reap, is symbolic for the project.

Image details:Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF50-140 f2.8 lens1/250s, f9.0, ISO 1250, 77mmRAW development in Lightroom CC, using Acros Y camera profileUnfortunately I have lost track of what happened to the boy in my school, but I nevertheless would like to dedicate “The Kids of Cambodia” gallery to him! If anybody can

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