During my morning stroll, I happened upon this little one. I wanted to take his photo without violating his right to privacy, yet still detailing his situation, as he is just one of many children I’ve seen on the streets (this trip & in 2015). Cold, probably hungry and huddled next to dangerous fire, he just sat staring at the floor. The unemployment rate here is ridiculously high, there’s a lot of uncertainty due to the current state of emergency (which has just been extended for the sixth time), the flow of displaced people seeking refuge, both here and in far less welcoming European states, continues and there is, tragically, a growing sense of poverty fatigue across the globe. Still, it never ceases to shock me to see the most vulnerable ignored and exposed to so much danger. And, here I am, on holiday.
A rainbow shines over the pyramid temple of Prasat Thom in the Koh Ker archeological site. The 1100 year old temple predates the more famous Angkor temples, and gives the adventurous traveler a more realistic Indiana Jones feeling being located in a sparsely populated jungle area. And the views from the top are amazing