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ID number P03258.469
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Photographer Smith, Heide
Place made Cambodia
Date made 1993


As morning light fills the sky, a young Khmer man who has lost both his legs sleeps on platform outside his home to escape the heat inside at a squatter settlement near the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh. One of an estimated 35,000 Cambodian disabled by landmines who live in Phnom Penh, this double amputee has had a system of ropes installed between the platform and the steps to his house to allow him to drag himself back inside. Behind him, a baby girl stands on the verandah of her home.