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This photo was taken in the temple ruin known as Bakong within the Angkor Wat complex. Bakong was constructed in the late 9th Century under the instruction of King Indravarman I.

Many young children work within the ruins of Angkor Wat. It's sad because many of these children should be studying at school or else playing and just enjoying the freedom of being a child. Instead every day they are trying to earn money for their family by selling postcards, drinks and small trinkets to the visiting tourists. I know that many families just do not feel they have the choice and that they have no alternative but to send their children out to help earn some money but it is sad to see it, especially when children as young as 2 or 3 years of age are wandering around on their own clutching a few grubby postcards in their hands.

This girl was waiting just inside the entrance to Bakong temple with her little brother to sell bottles of mineral water and cans of coke to thirsty tourists.

I cropped the image on the right-hand side to improve the composition and added a small frame in Photoshop, otherwise the photo is as taken.

Regards,

Rich

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