Foreign tourist view on poverty in Cambodia
(San Diego, CA USA)
It's awful to see old people, in their late 60's, 70's, and even 80's still working in order to make just enough for food. I saw an 80 year old lady working the fields, picking beans to make less than $1 a day. It was hard to hold back tears and remain positive.
A friend of mine said, "Each their own and there's poor people everywhere...even in the States". She was right, but fortunately, the poor here can make use of government support - such as food stamps, ssi benefits, or other federal/state benefits to assist with basic living whereas these people do not. There is no government support, you either make it or you don't.
There's poor and then there are VERY POOR and that was what I saw in Cambodia.
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