Cambodia Photo Journal: The People of Ton le Sap

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Cambodia. Never have I been to a country that has created so much flux and turmoil in my heart. When we left Cambodia, I thought surely I will never return to this god-forsaken place. I saw misery and destitution in Phnom Penh. The constant barrage of the homeless, child hawkers, beggars and amputees wore on my soul.

At one point after our arrival in Sihanoukville, I felt, for the first time ever, a strong urge to move on and leave this country behind. Now I’m finding I can’t leave it behind. These faces, those places, the scenery slipping and sliding. The smells and sounds are like echoes in my head. These memories are falling forth like small scraps of paper carelessly thrown into corners, awaiting the final dusting out. One after the other reminding me of times thought forgotten.

The people of Cambodia have suffered greatly in the hands of the Khmer Rouge, at times it seems as though they might never bounce back. Yet, bounce back they have, and I only needed to look at my pictures from Ton le Sap to remind myself of the beauty, passion and resiliency of these people.

The fishing village of Kompong Khleang.

Man paddling

Fisherman and fisherboys bringing home their afternoon catch.

Paddling Home

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

2 thoughts on “Cambodia Photo Journal: The People of Ton le Sap

    Deacon Miller

    (August 31, 2007 - 4:54 am)

    Very nice! Thank you for sharing.

    jorees

    (September 3, 2007 - 10:44 am)

    This is a very thoughtful and beautifully written post Carrie. Your photos are amazing and show the human soul of Cambodia.

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