Rewrit­ing Their Story

Scott Nee­son Madeleine Ross

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

char­i­ta­ble in­ten­tions or his­tory of giv­ing. In fact, I was fairly cyn­i­cal about char­i­ties.”

A trip to Cam­bo­dia rad­i­cally changed his life. Ph­nom Penh was never meant to be more than a stopover en route to Angkor Wat, and would have been just that if it weren’t for a defin­ing en­counter Nee­son had at the city’s no­to­ri­ous Stung Meanchey rub­bish dump. The 40-hectare land­fill is the home and work­place of sev­eral thou­sand of the re­gion’s poor­est peo­ple, most of them chil­dren and teenagers, who sort through piles of haz­ardous filth for sal­vage­able ma­te­rial.

Nee­son spot­ted a child alone amid the waste. “I couldn’t tell if it was a boy or a girl; she was skinny and swathed in rags. I called over my trans­la­tor and within 20 min­utes we’d found the girl’s mother and I’d ar­ranged to get them a house, money each week, school­ing for the girl and med­i­cal

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