Photographer's Note

A young girl cries while sitting in garbage at the Stung Meanchey dump site in Phnom Penh Cambodia.

This little girl had cut her hand on a piece of garbage and was sitting alone crying. I approached her to look at her hand and she had suffered a puncture wound to one of her fingers. Her hands were blackened with grime and flys were landing on the open wound.

I walked down to the nearest shack that sold bottled water and then returned to search for the girl's mother with this girl in tow. We found mom, opened the bottle of water, cleaned the wound, and gave the rest of the water to the girl.

The point of this narrative isn't what I did of course, or even the girls situation and why she is sitting in a dump. The point that struck me was I could not find nor see any first aid kits with bandaids, gauze, hydogen peroxide, anti bacterial solution.....or anything else around here.

There should be a first aid kit in every garbage truck, on every tractor, and one kept down at the "store" (actually just a very poor plastic and wooden shack infested with flys).

Somehow, we have to make this happen rather quickly.

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Additional Photos by John Brown (zips) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 409 W: 6 N: 508] (1958)
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