A couple of nights ago thieves broke into Savong’s School. They climbed the locked school gates and tried to force a few locked doors and shuttered windows, without success before managing to prise apart the bars on a window and squeezing into the computer classroom from where they stole two laptop computers. The matter has been referred to local police but we don’t hold out too much hope for the recovery of the computers.
Unfortunately theft is extremely common in Cambodia where there are many people looking for a quick way to make money or to cover debts.
But that’s why Savong’s School has bars on the classroom windows. From one viewpoint these bars look prison-like, and I have several photos where students are sitting by the windows, holding the bars and looking out – no doubt with longing to those outside playing volleyball.
But nobody forces our students to turn up to this school. They are free to come and go. Unfortunately, there are some thieves who feel the same way.
Time, perhaps, to hire a local to guard the school.