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2012 Cambodia

Mr. Oeun, 60 years old

    This is Mr. 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 […] Continue reading →

Chenda, 75 years old

Chena, 75 years old, Phnomm penn from Martijn Crowe on Vimeo. This is Chenda she is 75 years old. We met her in a pagoda where we attended a service at 5 o’clock in the morning. There, a 1000 or more old people were attending, mainly women. She made contact with us. We went to […] Continue reading →

Reciprocity: taking care for each other

Taking care for someone contains a world of images, experiences of stories for everyone around the world. Some people have negative connotations, others positive. We have found that the meaning of taking care for each other is a very important difference between countries, especially between our country of origin, The Netherlands and the Kingdom of […] Continue reading →

Helpage Cambodia

One of the riddles to solve is how elderly in governmental and NGO field of work seem non- existent. As head of sociology faculty Thy Naroeun said in our first meeting: “There are no elderly in Cambodia.” Of all NGO’s in Cambodia (over 300), there is only 1 of them focussed on helping older people. […] Continue reading →

Begging Elderly

Begging is a rare phenomenon in Cambodia compared to India or Bangladesh for instance, especially when considering older people, but it exists. It is anyway good to make the definition that begging is a form of working and giving meaning to life. So far we found that two main systems take care of elderly people. […] Continue reading →

Visit to the Pagoda

This morning 5 AM we woke up to go to the Pagoda Wat Sampeou Meas, were we meet Sociology professor Sina at 5.30 AM. In the dark, it is an impressive sight to see the temple in lights, people in white blouses streaming towards the temple, flowers bought from the stall before the entrance and […] Continue reading →

Starting our research in Cambodia

To re-visit Cambodia after 4 years is a whole new adventure, things that formed our daily lives back in 2012 were dusty and forgotten. The moment we arrived in Phnom Penh, smelled the country, felt the heat as a blanket and entered a Tuk Tuk (scootertaxi) everything came back. The last time we were living here for […] Continue reading →

Kum Ém

Our Vietnamese neighbor has been living in Cambodia since 1981. Her husband lives here too, some streets away. Together they got 11 children, 4 of whom passed away already. Her house is literally stuff-ed: a sowing machine, dusted chairs, a whole miniature house, with photos and incense for her forefathers. During the day she sits on her […] Continue reading →