By Tom, PEPY Ride II Participant
The first image we see is a belligerent, drunken man drowning his sorrows in a jug of wine, unable to stand or even sit without staggering dangerously. Stricken by cycles of poverty, abuse, and misfortune, he and his family live on the edge of the Stoeng Meanchey city dump, the filthiest and most depressed place in Phnom Penh. Here the children spend their days collecting scraps of waste for mere pennies, which the man then uses to disappear into an endless alcoholic haze. As his bottle evaporates, his wife and three daughters bear the brunt of his rants and curses, averting their eyes to avoid provoking him further. Though his threats are frightening, they thankfully remain non-violent, and his family is spared physical abuse.