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Kampuchean Hell | An Unnamed Province in Eastern Cambodia | Village Life from North West to South East | Life in the City | Angkor Wat and Surrounding Temples | Night at the Fights | Phnom Penh Inside Out | Candid Cambodia From the Second Story Balcony.

Kampuchean Hell

Kampuchean Hell was first posted in February-2006. What I said then still holds true today: "There was once a time, during my family's pre-American days, when we were just as dirty, just as hungry, and in an equally poor state of health, my DNA remembers." Two years and three months later I have returned to Stung Meanchey Landfill with 86 prints from my first visit. They are printed on the highest quality paper and laminated to survive the conditions. My goal: to find the children and adults I photographed the first time and give them their pictures. I searched for two hours and found none of them. I showed the pictures to the people and let them pick out the ones they thought they could deliver. My hope is that some of the photos will find their way into the subject's hands.

Conditions are still hellish but somewhat improved. There is a school and health clinic on the grounds. There are some new toilets in corrugated metal stalls. As difficult as their lives are, they treated me with kindness and respect. I shook hands with the men and bowed to the women. I gave sugarless lollipops to the children. I donated a large sum to the clinic. I hope many people see this gallery.

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