Photographer's Note


I must tell you that this is not in a jungle. It’s less than 10 miles from Siem Reap Town with the Angkor civilization.

I can not make a lie by stating that this little girl sits in her “house”. Due to the lack of back wall, it looks more like a den. My tuk-tuk driver explained that her parents are in the fields working and she is home alone, with an old wound at left foot covered with a piece of dirty cloth. Nobody raises the question of hospital or school or sanitation or babysitting here. Those are utopian terms.

Please don’t feel sorry for her alone. All children in this area are in same situation. This girl is still luckier than the story I found just 48 hours ago, as below.

Woman returns after 18 years in Cambodia jungle

A woman has been returned to her home in Vietnam's Central Highlands 18 years after she went missing as an eight-year old girl tending cows near the Cambodian border, her father told a newspaper on Thursday (Jan 18, 2007).

Policeman Ksor Lu long believed that his daughter had been eaten by a wild animal until last Saturday when he was told that loggers had found "a forestman" at a village in Cambodia's province of Ratanakiri.

Lu arrived and "recognized his daughter from the first sighting" even though her body was blackened and she had long hair down to her legs and could not speak, according to the account in the Vietnam Rural Today newspaper.

Lu said his daughter, Ro Cham H'pnhieng of the Jrai ethnic minority group, probably spent most of the time in the jungle in Cambodia since she went missing in 1989.

The loggers told Lu that they caught her after realizing that someone had sneaked up and taken their lunch.

Lu said that at first it was difficult bringing her back to normal life because she resisted showering, wearing clothes or using chopsticks, fending him off and shouting and crying.

Four days later she started cooperating, Lu said.
"It is not easy indeed but life is waiting ahead for her,"



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