1975-2020 A TOO LONG-LASTING HERITAGE OF HARM
1 in 2 children has experienced severe beating
1 in 4 children has suffered emotional abuse
1 in 20 girls and boys has been sexually assaulted
Over 5000 children in residential care institutions have at least one living parent
Source : UNICEF Child Protection Cambodia Program 2019-2023
Some 45 years after the Khmer genocide ended, the after-war situation in Cambodia is still socially critical. The tremendous violence of the dramatic events has left many of the survivors with heavy traumas. Children of the war times have now become parents or grand-parents. The impaired capacity to live, the lack of education and the struggle for life in harsh economical conditions often result in domestic violence, neglect or abuse towards one’s own children. Not to mention sordid children trafficking in such a breeding ground.
As a matter of fact, although they never endured the genocide, part of today’s children are yet experiencing traumatic events and developing similar disorders to the elders : stress and anxiety, depression as a mortal health threat, addiction to drugs, violence.
There is a need to address the induced psycho-emotional disorders of the young generation.
The weapons have fallen silent. But their harm is still spreading insidiously across generations. It is time to end this violence.