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Elderly monk: San and his sickness

One of the ways elderly take care for themselves is being part of the Buddhist religion and being part of the life inside the pagoda’s, widely spread in Cambodia. In Phnom Penh, we live next to a pagoda, where we also met Mr. Pom. Now we were looking for an elderly monk, to ask him […] Continue reading →

Oeun

This is Oeun he is 60 years old. We met him begging on the Kendal market at the riverside. He arrived yesterday in Phnom Penn. He left his family in the province because he did not want to bother them and be a burden for them. When we ask him about loneliness he only smiles […] Continue reading →

Loneliness: missing my children

One of the main answers we get when we ask elderly around Cambodia about loneliness is that they miss their children. The one thing we encounter in all houses, poor and rich, and at the houses that we can barely call a house were photos of their children, and often their late husband (or wife). […] Continue reading →

Chamso

Chamso has been living in a small room, constructed next to a pagoda  20 years ago. After her 5 children were all married, she decided to live in the pagoda, and practice Buddhism, focused on her next life, hoping it will be better than this one. In her life Chamso suffered a lot: she is […] Continue reading →

Financial income: provide for your family

In Phnom Penh we were looking for elderly who are still working independently of their family. One of the people we met was Mr. Sok Than, a 61 year old cyclo driver in Phnom Penh. He told us: “I come to work in Phnom Penh almost 11 years already. Before I was a farmer.Because my […] Continue reading →

Terrorism and Mrs. Oi Roth

We went to Siem Reap in the North of Cambodia to talk with elderly in a rural environment. We were not prepared for what we would encounter in Siem Reap. It is small city with 250.000 inhabitants. This small town is totally dominated by the tourist industry, receiving 2,3 million tourists in one year. Hotels from 800 […] Continue reading →

Older people associations in Battambang

In every country we did research so far, we found different approaches of dealing with loneliness, sickness, income and social exclusion in the lives of elderly. In Cambodia, the main 2 care systems are the (extended) family, and the Buddhist religion in pagoda’s. This leaves a lot of elderly uncared for, unable to meet even the […] Continue reading →

Tara

This is Tara (70++). She lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a Christian in a Muslim dominated world. Her husband died 6 years ago and she is so lonely now that she is afraid of loosing her speech. Her younger neighbor Oroni (20) remembers her from her childhood as somebody that played with them, putting candles […] Continue reading →

Ara Chowdhury

  This is Rowshan Ara Chowdhury. She is the grandmother of Alia Kamal, one of the artists of the Dhaka art project. When we first meet, Alia tells me how guilty she feels of having a grandmother in the house, with whom she barely speaks or has contact with. She says her grandmother has been […] Continue reading →

Senhor Laerti

Senhor Laerti is 80 years old and lived most of his life in this apartment with his mother. During his youth he was a jockey, riding on horses professionally in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. He has been director of the building he lives in for 12 years. Now he does nothing anymore. He […] Continue reading →