Synopsis: At 17 years old I became the family leader, as my father had passed away in 1997. Leaving me to look after my mother and 6 siblings. Before my father died my parents were assigned by state government to take care of a community with more than a 1,000 community members between 1979 and 1985. At that time, Cambodians leftover from khmer Rogue regime is about 6,000,000 persons only.
When I was a child and at school, civil war remained in my community and people were being killed and injured. One day a former government soldier was going to die and he held my hand and asked me to promise to take care of his children. He then died next to me. I was so young, I asked myself why was I given this job.
To this day I continue to dedicate my life’s work to supporting these communities by improving the livelihoods of families and the social infrastructure of these communities and prevent youth from falling victim to sex traffickers.