Life and death in Battambang: children's stories from Cambodia

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Recorded in Cambodia for ABC, Radio National, Broadcast November 3 2007. Radio Eye. Documentary and web-photo story recorded in Cambodia. ABC. Podcast available via In February this year documentary maker Virginia Madsen went to visit her brother Robert in Cambodia, where he is a social worker in the provincial city of Battambang -- one of the poorest areas of Cambodia. Robert's work is centred on a refuge known as Komar Rikreay ('happy children'), and is one of the many shelters for the abandoned and 'trafficked' children of Cambodia. Virginia was soon swept up in stories of lost childhood and terrible poverty, as well as stories of survival and hope, and she presents a heart-rending but nuanced portrait of children's lives and, three decades after the war ended, the dilemmas faced by well-meaning westerners trying to heal Cambodia's deep wounds.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherABC Radio National
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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