Deserted as his birth was accidental.
Bewildered if he had perceived his parents’ denial.
Undoubted it is so trivial.
United goal in orphanages is survival.
Every once a while when my father wasn’t at work, he would take us to the park.
The moments were so pleasurable that we could play till the sun sets and we could have our best-loved rejuvenating sodas after.
It goes without saying that he has an utterly dissimilar boyhood,
seeing that this is nowhere but an orphanage.
I fail to recall what he is called.
He wasn’t able to speak a full sentence in English.
But this shouldn’t be any problem.
The amiable boy will welcome you earnestly even you are a stranger.
Soon you two will be running hand in hand around the playgrounds.
If you present him with some sweets he will be tickled pink;
If you stay with him for a whole afternoon,
he will be like standing on the top of the world and frolic with you in the most cordial atmosphere.
He is unlike the children from cities –
household chores, learning and playing concluded his daily life.
Simple. Plain. Modest. Calm. Basic.
This is a life which a kid should own.
There is no maddening homework deranging his natural growth, no exhausting tutorials consuming his best time with the sun and grasses, and no pressure carrying him to a recurring nightmare once a year on the school parents’ days.
Don’t judge him from his look, he will just fight for the best clothes like others when they are allocated used outfits.
He will wolf down his meal at lunch breaks and return you an empty dish or maybe sometimes a plate with that small slice of fish which he may not like.
Did I appear the very same when I was of that age?
I have no idea how did he end up being here.
The warden wasn’t able to make it clear in a few words anyhow.
There are severe social issues in Cambodia.
Quite a lot of young women got pregnant before marriages.
They gave births to them but couldn’t afford to raise them.
So the unwanted toddlers were being brought here.
It’s a mess anyway.
Victor Tai | Freedom is a Right
- CameraNikon FM2 / Nikkor 28mm f2.8 / ILFORD 100
Ricoh GR1v / Kodak Ektar
- LocationsSiem Reap / Banteay Meanchey
- Other Language繁體中文