In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that layed him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
“I am leaving; I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains.
Paul Simon – The Boxer
“You know that my mother died 90 days ago?” said Alex. “That means in 10 days’ time it will be 100 days”.
“Hmm. So? You can do simple maths”, said Pete rather callously.
“So, 100 days is a very special time for Cambodians. Rich families mark the day with a special celebration, poor families can’t afford to”.
“You said you didn’t have a mother any more. You were a British boy”, chipped in Logan.
“Yes, but … in 10 days’ time it will be 100 days. My family is so poor. They won’t be able to make a celebration. I want to help”.
CAMBODIAN PRIDE takes over where CAMBODIAN INNOCENCE leaves off. Instead of battling the problem of sex traffickers, Alex, Logan, Pete, Andy and Brian return to Cambodia to try to tackle the problem with street boys. As it says in the introduction:
“This book is the second in a series. Like its predecessor, it is set in 2007. Whereas the previous volume looked at the difficult issue of the sex trafficking of young boys from Cambodia to London, this book delves into the private world of one street boy in the towns of Cambodia and more especially the whole question of human trafficking. Like its predecessor, it begs certain questions. Like its predecessor, one would hope the problems raised within its pages could not happen today. Unlike its predecessor we can state with complete certainty, they do, and if anything, since 2007, they are worse.”
CAMBODIAN PRIDE is now available to download and in print format.