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Nkek Chanrun

  This is Nkek Chanrun. She lives with her daughter, husband and three grandchildren. They own a small shop that sells food and drinks. Her husband past away 10 years ago, when he was 90 years old. She was born in Phnom Penh, and went to school here where she learned French. Nkek has seven children, four live […] Continue reading →

Melancholia: timeless Wednesday afternoons

In our research, and our way of researching elderly, my own images and feeling on being old come up more and more. This last week we have not written anything on our website, digesting the enormous amount of information we gathered in the last 3 months. One of the stories I like to share with […] Continue reading →

Pom

  This man lives in a house in a Pagode, together with his son and 2 other men. His wife and 2 other children live in the province (pum tjaam, eskrit). He spends his days praying, and eating, nothing much. Later Akeng tells me that they moved to the Pagode 20 years ago, because his […] Continue reading →

When the children move for work, their parents take care for their children

Elderly in the rural area in Cambodia have given a new shape to reciprocity during the last decade. In the rural area, where people live from farming mostly, and are still living in an extended family environment, there has been a population change. Many adult children move to a city or neighboring countries for work […] Continue reading →

Sina Puch a young woman about getting old

Dear Sina. She is 43 years old, lost her husband 15 years ago and looks, as many Cambodian people, much younger, girlish even. In our talks she mentiones her own fear of getting old, and her worries what to do then.  Care from her son? She prefers not. Remarry? She is too old for that. […] Continue reading →

Mrs. Vanny

Mrs. Vanny lives in Phnom Penh to make some money to send to her province, her sister, who is blind,  still lives there . She rides her bike and sells cookies in the center, by that she earns 2 – 5 dollars a day. Continue reading →

Sim Puch and Orn Khun

Sim has been a teacher his whole life, also training other teachers how to teach their students. Because of that their family with 8 children moved a lot around between different province schools. His wife Orn has worked as a a seamstress. Since she stopped working 20 years ago, she takes care of their household, […] Continue reading →

There used to be a strong social bond in the pagoda

Old people in cambodia go to pagoda In our search for the lives and life questions of elderly in Cambodia, we also interview the young generation. Sochoeun (37) a sociology teacher and researcher at the CCC organization, with 160 NGO’s working together with the Cambodian civil society. One of the things he speaks about is the fading away of traditional culture, where […] Continue reading →

Have you ever a seen a Coca Cola commercial with a smiling 85 year old couple?

Nou Tab in his 'house' in Cambodia, elderly man with no income or health care Have you ever seen a Coca Cola advertisement in which two smiling elderly of 85 years old look at each other, radiant, sipping on the same straw? Forget it. Our visual culture is focused on young body images. With a demography in which the vast majority is young this is the ideal, even for the […] Continue reading →

Yoeum Phor

n the village of Chung Thnal, close by Siem Reap, we are welcomed in the house of Yoeum Phor. She is a widow of 76 years old. She lives by herself in a wooden house with a garden around where she keeps some chickens. A lot of people and children are in her garden, and […] Continue reading →