Safe at last… now the hard work begins

These two brothers, just 4 and 5, were found abandoned a few days ago, clinging to each other amidst the danger and filth of a garbage dump. It was like stepping back into a much bleaker time, when the Steung Meanchey landfill was still open and finding deserted children was far more common. When that dump moved out of the city in 2009, CCF worked hard to keep the community where it was, so children didn’t grow up amongst such danger and desperation. The new dumpsite is fenced, so that less scavengers flock to it – but someone made it through and left these tiny two to fend for themselves.

We know little about them except their names and ages. They’ve been through a terrible ordeal and bear mental and physical scars – but they are coping remarkably well, relieved at the safety they’ve found in the CCF kindergarten, its calm grounds, and the loving care of our staff. They are, understandably, very protective of each other. Now we start the complex process of trying to track down the parents or another relative, to see if they can be returned to a safe, loving family. Wish us – and more importantly the two little boys – good luck, and a happy ending.

 

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