Retrospect: Cambodia

World Vision Cambodia

(Sopheak Kong/WV)

The girls giggle as they launch colorful balloons toward the sun. But the Khmer handwriting on these balloons is neither childish nor cheerful. And this event, at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, is no ordinary playtime at the park. The young girls have survived a nightmare of violence, trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation and have found help from World Vision and other organizations fighting against such crimes. Now, safely surrounded by a team of counselors, each child finds words for her sorrow, writes them on a balloon, and together, the girls release their past terrors into the heavens.

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