17 May 2012

On the campaign trail with Mu Sochua

I'm in Battambang, Cambodia with Mu Sochua one of the opposition party leaders and an activist for human rights for all Cambodians. We have visited slums, remote villages and communes and have heard of the many harsh realities facing poverty stricken Cambodians. What these humble people face seems so insurmountable but yet Sochua works tirelessly everyday to make a difference. Her passion and drive seems endless and all of it for the poorest of the poor, the people with no voice.

If you want more info on Mu Sochua check out
http://sochua.wordpress.com/
http://musochua.org/
http://stories.vitalvoices.org/#/woman/mu_sochua

Also check out some great photography by fellow photographer Philip Skoczkowski who is out here spending time with Sochua and capturing amazing stills of her journey.
http://skoczkowski.net/wordpress/?tag=mu-sochua

For this woman in a remote Cambodian village, her only contact to the outside world is her radio. She listens to broadcasts by Mu Sochua and her party daily, as this is what still gives her hope of a just democracy in Cambodia. She is still working to pay off the loan of $2.50 for the last set of batteries she bought. 

This young man used to live in a refugee camp on the Thai Cambodia border as a child. He was given incorrect medication which caused him to become physically disabled and now he relies entirely on his family for everything, even going to the toilet. He now lives in a slum in Battambang which Sochua visited today. Sochua and her party strive to provide the support to the poor where the government fails or refuses to do so.

Sochua walks with a woman in a very remote village outside Battambang. Accessible only by a footpath through the forest, these villagers face eviction as the government sells their land to large companies who wish to plant rubber plantations. No alternative or compensation is provided for these villagers

Whilst many Cambodians support the views expressed by Sochua and her party, the culture of fear prevents them from voicing their opinions. Poverty stricken Cambodians face violent threats, land grabs and persecution for supporting the opposition party. Yet some Cambodians face all of this to stand for the human rights they believe in.

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