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Oehn

homeless elder of cambodia   This is Oehn. He is 60 years old. He came to Phnom Penn from the province to beg. His Leg is broken and his children can not support him any longer.  We met him begging on the Kendal market by the riverside. He arrived yesterday in Phnom Penn. He left his family in the […] Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Hnok Kok

In the village of Sam Roang Snor, in Battambang province, we meet a married couple: Hnok Kok (80) and Mann Ean (85). They live together in a house in this village and have been living here for as long as they can remember. They never had children, that is why they live alone here. But […] Continue reading →

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 →

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 →