Last year, I posted the story of a girl who has a boy’s name, as below.
Recently, I received some emails asking for more info and pictures about the Vietnamese community in Chong Kneas. These mails were from several individuals who are interested in raising fund to help build a floating classroom for Chong Kneas children. For that purpose, I am running a set of pictures that I am ashamed of their photographic value, but I hope they may be helpful to the humanitarian cause.
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“What’s your name?”
“It’s a boy’s name!”
“No. My mom said it’s not. It a country’s name”
I gave the young boat-rower some riels, and asked her to take me home. Actually, it is one of the boat-houses, within the Chong Kneas Vietnamese Floating Community at the north end of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Great Lake.
I met Viet’s parents. They told me they were having her late, and Viet is the only child. During pregnancy, the lady made up her mind to have the name for their long-waiting child as “Viet”, hopefully once grown up, their kid would remember the country where the family has root from. Currently, they are Cambodian citizens, eating the Vietnamese foods, speaking dual languages, and always claiming that they are Vietnamese, even though they don’t have a legal document to prove, and Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate have done nothing for them. These human beings still exist as the term in dictionary exists: the displaced citizens.
For photos of Chong Kneas during high-water season, please refer to the following albums, taken by Jorge Tutor on 09-08-2004:
Chong Kneas Album 1
Chong Kneas Album 2
Chong Kneas Album 3
Critiques | Translate
sleon (9402) 2006-05-18 5:46
The look on this girl's face is heartbreaking, and what a sad story you tell in your note. Thanks for sharing and highlighting the plight of these people.
ChristineLe (59) 2006-05-18 6:23
Every time, I opened your photo, I ran down to the note first: always a story or an observation for us to share.
Each time I re-read this brief story, I found tears in my eyes again.
Thank you for bringing the life of these people back to us. I am following your path to Chong Kneas, and I would like to hear about the humanitarian attempt of those who are trying to help, as you mentioned.
jyraya (397) 2006-05-18 6:27
THe girl in this photo does have a very sad look on her face, but i dont think it is all sad.
I think there is some curiosity and some hope there as well.
She looks to young to understand that there is anything wrong with her situation.
And i do not think that you should be ashamed of the photographic quality of this whot, i think it an excellent shot that actually has some meaning and soul behind it.
veronika (6052) 2006-05-18 9:37
Hello Thanh, i love kids truly very much and your note made me feel sad .. :(
I hope your effort will be helpful Thanh, is very nice what you are doing..
And little Viet is very sweet :)
Nice day for you!
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8578)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): kids and water, The Floating Misery, Documentary photography [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-18 5:29
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