Living At Killing Fields
Under the Pol Pot regime, a large amount of people were massacred in Cambodia and fierce fighting was carried out until the second half of the 1990s during the civil war. Furthermore, since then, hundreds of victims have been injured or killed by the large amount of excess landmines and ordnance, buried and forgotten. Even now, the spirit of war still plagues the people of Cambodia. During the Pol Pot regime, intellectuals were considered dangerous molecules that disagree and thus most of them were massacred. Due to the lack of educators (and the poverty of those few who practice the profession), the Cambodian educational environment has many challenges that keep on piling up. In poor rural areas, children are often left at the monasteries in order to receive education in order to become monks. In the locations where slaughter was once carried out, I followed the day-to-day lives of today's monks in the Killing Fields. Furnished with tree beds, the modern-day reality of their rooms is still not void of the haunting remnants of a bloody past. These rooms used to be a horrible place and sometimes it feels as if the countless skulls of massacred people piled in the monks’ chambers are still there.
The medical situation in Cambodia does not differ greatly from the education’s one. Many patients fall victim to the HIV virus and are then forced to live in inhuman conditions, suffering without proper treatment. Many children lose their parents and sadly, many parents lose their children to the virus. I followed a young girl who had lost her dear mother to a terrible disease, documenting her state of spirit through her facial expression during the funeral. It was in those eyes that one could see the harsh reality of modern-day Cambodia.