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This was taken at Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women.

Some of you may recognize the boy in the middle here from my very first post on TE...

When I first saw him and his buddies resting inside the temple, most probably after expending a lot of energy rambling around earlier, I was immediately reminded of the three musketeers from the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas. Although they obviously all belonged to the same "gang" as they were chatting with our local guide, they still managed to express their individual personalities...the cynical, the restless and the relaxed... :)

Cambodia is a land of children. They are everywhere, playing, working or unfortunately begging. This was taken on a week day; however, these kids were not at school, like many others we saw around the ruins and on the streets in the cities.

With half of Cambodia's population being under 18 years, it is not surprising to find schooling as one of the major problems. A lot of children don't go to school. Their parents don't know how to read and write, as they grew up under the terrible Pol Pot regime when being educated could mean death. Today, even though some children may have a chance to attend school, few actually manage to complete elementary school and proceed to more senior grades.

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