Some of these children starve to death, some become trapped as slave laborers or in sexual prostitution, some turn to crime and living on the streets, some work very hard each day to obtain a little bit of money for food. Very few of them are able to attend school. They live a life with absence of hope.
Around 40 years ago, during the Cambodian civil war, many highly educated people were killed by the Pol Pot Regime. They forced people to work very hard nonstop every day and every night. They would only give a bit of food (a scoop of rice soup) to each person everyday. Many people died of hunger, torture, and sickness. Pol Pot treated Cambodian people like slaves without any regards to human rights. The aftermath of this civil war left a lot of landmines in many of Cambodia’s large land areas. Extreme poverty, disease, and millions of landmines killed many people. Many children were orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected since then until today.
Because of the extreme poverty, many parents (husbands/wives) would leave the country to work in order to support their family, but they never return. They leave their children behind to live with their relatives or neighbors who would raise them and force them to work all day and night without sending them to school. They treat those children like slaves. In addition, some parents would force their children to pick up things along the road that can be sold to provide for their family because they don’t have a choice. These kids do not have the opportunity to study like other kids.
Therefore, a lot of children are orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected because no one is able or are willing to take care of them. These children need our help. Please pray that God’s moving hands will be upon Cambodia and rescue these children to have a better life; to rebuild the Kingdom of Cambodia for Jesus Christ.