Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The real thing

A shocking video appeared on Facebook this week showing a robbery taking place at a market in Phnom Penh. It wasn't a set-up, it wasn't a film production, it was the real thing. A middle-aged women, a money-exchanger, was robbed and shot in the chest at point-blank range by three robbers and left to die on the pavement. Not content with stealing her box of cash, and beating her to the ground, they had no compunction in taking her life as well. This is a side to life in Cambodia, it's not a rare occurrence, and the taking of life with such apparent ease, that can be hard to stomach, let alone understand. The likelihood is that the killers will not be caught. And will be motivated to do it again. And again. Cambodia isn't always the bed of roses it might appear to be at first and second glance.

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