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“When I was working as a construction worker, I met a ten year old boy. Every morning, he would come to my worksite to sell food (like vegetables) for a little money to buy rice. I asked him, “Who do you live with?” and he told me he lived with his grandmother. Every morning, he goes to pick morning glory in the pond and scrap metal and cans to earn a little money to feed them both since his parents left to work in Thailand. He had been living with his grandmother since he was one year old.
When I heard his story, I remembered my own past. Even though my parents didn’t go to work in Thailand, they did leave my sister and I to go work in the Cambodian forest. We also had to pick morning glory and find things to sell to pay for school. 
At that time, I felt lonely because I was far away from my parents and it was difficult to be responsible for earning and managing my own money for my education.”
"កាលពីខ្ញុំធ្វើការសំណង់ខ្ញុំបានជួបក្មេងប្រុសម្នាក់ក្មេងនោះទើបតែមានអាយុ 10 ឆ្នាំ ជារៀងរាល់ព្រឹកគាត់តែងតែមកបេះត្រកួននៅជិតកន្លែងធ្វើការរបស់ខ្ញុំ យកទៅលក់ដើម្បីបានប្រាក់បន្តិចបន្តួចយកមកទិញអង្ករ ពេលនោះខ្ញុំបានសួរគាត់ថាតើរស់នៅជាមួយអ្នកណា គាត់ថារស់នៅជាមួយនឹងយាយ ហើយយាយរបស់ខ្ញុំរាល់ថ្ងៃបានទៅស៊ីឈ្នួលបោចស្មៅស្រែឱ្យគេនឹងរើសកំប៉ុងអេតចាយ ដើម្បីបានប្រាក់បន្តិចបន្តួចយកមកចិញ្ចឹមជីវិតគាត់និងខ្ញុំ ហើយឪពុកម្ដាយរបស់ខ្ញុំទៅរកស៊ីនៅប្រទេសថៃ បានយកខ្ញុំមកទុកជាមួយនឹងយាយ កាលពីខ្ញុំអាយុទើបតែបានមួយឆ្នាំមកម្ល៉េះ។
 ពេលនោះខ្ញុំបាននឹករឿងអតីតកាលរបស់ខ្ញុំដែរ ទោះបីឪពុកម្ដាយមិនបានទៅរកស៊ីរចំណាកស្រុកក៏ដោយ តែគាត់ទុកខ្ញុំអោយនៅជាមួយនឹងបងស្រីបង្កើតរបស់ខ្ញុំឱ្យខ្ញុំរៀនសូត្រនៅទីនោះ ជារៀងរាល់ព្រឹកខ្ញុំតែងតែបេះត្រកួនដើម្បីយកទៅលក់នៅតូប ហើយបានប្រាក់ខ្លះៗយកមករៀន។"

The Self-Sufficient Child

  • Year: 2021

    Size: 45 x 61 cm

    Technique: Limited edition block print



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