Villagers traveled from remote areas by river boats to seek medical care. The country is slowly recovering from a Communist faction headed by Pol Pot, who took control of the country in 1975 to began a violent, forced restructuring aimed at returning the country to an agrarian communal society, leaving many trails and roads still mined with explosives. Travel in many situations is difficult otherwise.
Young Khmer mothers continue rebuilding their lives in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold region.
Young Cambodians are experiencing a new and positive openness to outside influences.
About a total of four thousand patients, and an equal amount of bystanders wanting to share in this outpouring of love, gathered near the medical tents in north western Cambodia approximately 30 kilometers outside Batdambang.
A young new born shows signs of malnutrition in this land struggling to rebuild itself from previous years of oppression.
This Buddhist High Monk declared he, ". . . never felt so much love."
This Cambodian medical surgeon joined us who was previously tortured into submission as a child during the radical and oppressive Pol Pot Regime. Later, after his medical education in Kazakhstan, he returned to find himself performing life saving surgery on his former tormentor, but was willing to forgive, an example for us all.
Many, if not most, children in this jungle region suffer from parasite infestation. Here medical team workers treat them with a solution to ease the discomfort.
Daily along side the clinic cows were walked to the river to be washed. This is the same river water the medical team was required washed in, and otherwise cool off from the high humidity.
A typical Khmer family dinning table set under the main home structure which is on stilts because Cambodia is mostly a flood plain.
Hindu and Buddhist temples remain in the Angkor region, built during the 8th, 9th, and 10th centuries CE . Many are being preserved
historically. This one, known as Ta Prohm remains in a state of ruin to show the all consuming power of the surrounding jungles.