Day 85 – Tell me more about Cambodia…
These past few days I have had really only 2 things on the brain… boxing and Cambodia.
I am shadow boxing in my home at all times and am thinking about the fight (and my entrance) constantly 🙂 I have finalized my music and some things are in the works for how this Canadian will be introduced to the ring. I’d love to tell you more but I really can’t… you will just have to watch to see what I have planned! But I have also been working hard also on the fundraising side of things (today was especially dedicated to working on the Clothes Swap event) and checking off as many things on my ‘to do’ list as humanly possible (while also throwing in an hour or so poolside and a chat with my sister and bro-in-law on Skype). My sparring session tonight went ok – my last round I lost my focus because my partner really let me have it (which was good, yet painful!) Only 2.5 weeks left so I need all the practice I can get – even if it is me getting beat up!
I have also been learning and researching a bit more about Cambodia. This is a country that went from prosperity, to civil war, to being the most heavily bombed country in the world, to genocide and has miraculously started to rise from the ashes of this era. I wanted to know more about how Cambodia looked before the Khmer Rouge took over, what led to them gaining power, how they were defeated, the state of Cambodia after the fighting ended and the call for justice against Pol Pot and his comrades. I already had a pretty good idea about these things, but it has been interesting watching a few different documentaries I have found online to learn more.
One of the most interesting facts that I have come across during this research is that after the fighting ended, the country of Cambodia only had approximately 30-45 doctors remaining in the entire country (there were a couple of different numbers but they were within this range). WOW.
Considering this fact, it is extremely important to support the Children’s Surgical Centre. At the centre, they train Cambodian doctors which is essential for the society to survive and thrive.
If you have some time, these are worth the watch…
Short news clip on the Cambodia Crimes against humanity trials
John Pilger’s 1979 documentary: “Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia”
“Pol Pot: Inside Evil” television program
Most recently (only 2 weeks ago), a short news story on Leng Sary, former Khmer Rouge leader, dies at age 87 before the trial ends
So, please help to support the Children’s Surgical Centre. They need our help to help Cambodia move forward into the future.