Death in Cambodia. Buntheourn at 15

Death in Cambodia. Buntheourn at 15

Last night I was looking back a few years thinking of one of the boys supported by the SOC – Buntheourn – and I came across this photo taken by Savong; a very sad photo. On this occasion the boy’s grandmother had passed away and, as is tradition, Buntheourn had his head shaved and he became a monk for two weeks of mourning. Here is the boy standing in front of the crematorium furnace. In Cambodia death is more directly experienced than in the west where we dress things up. In Cambodia the grief is more visceral and brought more sharply into focus. An arresting photo I thought. Today, Buntheourn is doing well. (Go to the bottom of earlier story to see him today.)

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