Steung Meanchey Waste Recycling Centre - What child is this ?
The old waste garbage dump at Steung Meanchey may be a thing of the past, but the recycling and sorting centre is still as active as before.
Children often young boys would pull a cart full of bottles and plastic to the centre and then be weighed and sold. They often traveled long distance from the main roads to the side lanes collecting plastic and bottles from the many waste containers using their bare hands. They would be covered with dirt and sweat at the end of the days but their faces show only joy and accomplishment as they would be rewarded with the goods sold.
This boy in the photos is merely 13 year old. He works hard each day to supplement the household income. He takes good care of his cart as he knows that is his only asset. In the picture he was repairing his cart under the burning hot sun. The heat did not bother him a bit as he knew he has to fix his cart before the next day of work.
I could not remember his name, but seeing him was like seeing my own son working in the garbage dump. Tira never once complain and was contended with what he already has in life. I am so proud of him.