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Spotlight: Stories I can’t forget: Faketory’s staff picks

I was drawn to this specific post because I was fascinated with the relationship between finances, care and religion. This post also made me think about self-sufficiency. What are the possibilities elderly have? Can they make a choice where to live and how to provide for themselves? What are the implications of choices, or lack […] Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Barely any spending on elderly

Buo Phan (91) portrait elderly poor In a 2015 article in the Phnom Penh Post, we find affirmation for what we were suspecting during our research on elderly in Cambodia. We went through all budget information released by the Cambodian government to find how much of their budget is allocated to elderly support. Our fellow researcher translated all from Khmer, looking […] Continue reading →

Khwon Chhoeut

Khwon Chhoeut (76) is a man who owns houses and rents them for income. He and his wife (71) live together in their own house. He tells us that after his daughters finished studying and moved away, he asked his nephew and niece, children of  a poor relative, to come and live with him, as […] Continue reading →