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Thomas Cristofoletti April 11, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cambodia.

Suger Cane Workers. Koh Kong Province, Cambodia 2012

Thomas Cristofoletti (b. 1980, Italy) is freelance photojournalist  based in Phnom Penh. He has been working in many social video & photography projects in South East Asia (mainly in Cambodia, Thailand and The Philippines) and in Europe, collaborating with different international NGO’s. His photographs have been featured in several international magazines and newspapers including The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, IL de Il Sole 24 Ore, Afisha Mir Travel Magazine, El Pais, In Style Russia and LaRepubblica.

About the Photograph:

“This was one of the first pictures I took when I arrived in the small village of Chhoyk in the South of Cambodia. After waiting two hours for the sugar cane plantations’ workers to return home, a small truck arrived and immediately, this child stole my attention. His clothes and face were a mess and his body was completely full of ashes. As I tried to get close to him he instinctively huged his little sister and I saw the shot, maybe one of the most interesting and powerful photos I made of the Cambodian sugar cane plantations. In Cambodia hundreds of thousands of people are currently being displaced from their homes, farmlands, forests and fisheries as investors plunder the country for private profit in the name of development. Many families have been forced to send their children to work in the plantations, for less than 2.5 USD per day, after losing their land and their only source of income. ‘Blood Sugar ‘is an ongoing project in collaboration with the Australian photographer Nicolas Axelrod.”