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day276: lost innocence

I finished reading a book that left me shaken and sad. Its called The Road of Lost Innocence" by Somaly Mam. Shortly its the story of a woman who is fighting against abuse and trafficking of women and children in Cambodia.


Aside from the fact that i feel terrible thinking how women and children suffer every day while I wonder what luxurious thing to buy or eat, this book was impressive for other reasons as well. What strikes me most is how Somaly Mam raised from a horrible childhood to become such a hero. If this was my life I doubt i would find the strength to transform it into something so magnificent!


When Somaly was a child she was abandoned by her parents and she used to sleep outside on the trees. She was cold and needed someone to tell her sorrows, but it was only the trees she could talk to. I remember when I was a child, I had pretty wild imagination, and I liked to believe that nature is a living being that can react to us. I thought we can talk to the forest and the river and find justice. This moment in the book reminded me of myself and affected me even more.


In this image I wanted to portray how a child's soul going through bloody abuse, rape and inhumanity - falls dead in the dirt. Child's innocence is a precious and pure thing that we have to protect. I think if we spent less time all absorbed in our own problems this world may have been a better place . Here is the website of Somaly Mam if you like to help too ( i signed for a monthly membership - not much but its a start).

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Taken on July 27, 2008