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Lianne Milton February 21, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cambodia.

AIDS and needle exchange center. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2009

Lianne Milton (b.1976, USA) began her freelance career in January 2009 after she was laid off from a newspaper job, the result of challenging economic times in the newspaper industry. Prior she was a newspaper photographer for four years. Since then, she has been shooting for publications such as the New York Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, NPR Digital, among others. She pursues cultural and humanitarian stories,  focusing on the effects of politics on people and their environments, in places, such as, Indonesia, Cambodia, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, as well as the U.S. Before her photojournalism career, Lianne studied international relations and languages. She lives in San Francisco, where the City meets the Pacific.

About the Photograph:

“This image is part of a story on drug addiction in Cambodia that I started in November 2009. Drug addiction is a relatively new social issue that began around the mid-1990s. Before, the country had been recovering from decades of conflict. What drives Cambodia’s drug use is the lack of effective drug rehabilitation programs, and the availability of illegal drugs – cheap methamphetamine’s and the highly potent Burmese heroin. Consequently, the government built several drug detention centers in recent years (or re-education centers) to clean the streets of “undesirables,” and rehabilitated by physical activities, such as exercises and military marches. In January 2010 I received rare access into one re-education center. Although initially I had no interest in covering drug addiction. I began to take a look at the issues around addiction in Cambodia, such as poverty and recovery; and understanding their concept of restoring morality, where as in the western world, particularly in the United States, addiction is acknowledged as a disease.”