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Published: February 15th 2006
After spending 6 days in Cambodia you cannot ignore the fact that there is alot of poverty and hardship in this country and it really is a wakeup for some people and brings home the reality of alot of people myself included who complain about life at home.
There is so much we take for granted at home food, shelter, and condtions in which we live, I cannot fully explain what seeing all this meant but it is a world away from seeing people living badly on television.
The kids that wander the street and sell items ( Lonley Planet books $3) are in need of money not because they are out earning some money to finance their PS2 game habit but because there family may need to eat from a book or postcard sale.
This is also the same with many victims of landmines begging or selling books or trinkets such as bracelets and necklaces.
There are children also that do not sell books or postcards but just collect metals cans and I can only assume sell them to be recycled.
It has given me a lot to think about for the future and also the way we so easily waste money when we are at home.
Living away from the U.K and obviously a steady income it is easy to get by with out buying "stuff"
I am one of the worst at this I am sure my friends who read this will know that.
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