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    Have Life ... Have Hope - Cambodian girl escapes life of poverty


    Sophy Ron will begin her degree after completing a foundation year of study at Trinity College.


    Sophy Ron spent eight years of her childhood surrounded by garbage and toxic fumes while living in a notorious Cambodian rubbish dump nicknamed "Smoky Mountain".

    Less than a decade after escaping, the 21-year-old is about to begin studying at the University of Melbourne and dreams of running her own business.

    Her former home, the Steng Meanchey landfill in Phnom Penh, has long been a symbol of the country's poverty.
    Each day, thousands of people pick through the filth in the hope of finding edible food and recyclables to sell.



    Sophy Ron and her family lived at the dump because they couldn't afford proper housing

    On a good day Ms Ron would earn 50 cents, enough for a few cups of rice to share with her parents and six siblings.

    "I didn't realise it was smelly, I didn't realise it was dirty," she said.

    "I slept there, I ate there, I did everything there, so it became my home."

    Ms Ron said overwhelming debts left her family with no choice but to live at the dump site.
    The local school only offered a place to one child per family, so Ms Ron missed out on a chance to study

    She said she followed her older sister to school and learned what she could by looking through the classroom windows.


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    Meanwhile, Hun Sen, his family and friends become richer and richer, often by evicting people from land they have lived on for many years but have no formal title to, and selling it to rich Chinese.

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    What happened to her family,they still at the landfill.

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    Each day, thousands of people pick through the filth in the hope of finding edible food and recyclables to sell.
    They do that on the piles of rubbish that build up on the streets, too.

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    land fill closed in 2009

    Give thanks to Scott and CCF, https://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/scotts-story/
    for helping many of the dump girls and boys

    Here's some old pics from that time, Many of the kids went on to finish school and make something of their lives
    https://phuket.zenfolio.com/p1001942768
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    Good to know. But where do they dump their rubbish now ? Another landfill ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Good to know. But where do they dump their rubbish now ? Another landfill ?
    Good point, it's all about the rubbish - don't let us forget it with all this good news about the rubbish dump kids...

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    they built a new landfill further out of town at Choeung Ek commune, but the families are NOT allowed in to pick

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