Proleung Khmer

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Mosquito Net

The New York Times
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Page A23

Land of Penny Pinchers

"...One of the most unforgettable people I've met is Nhem Yen, a Cambodian grandmother whose daughter had just died of malaria, leaving two smallchildren. So Nhem Yen was looking after her four children and two grandchildren, and she could afford only one mosquito net to protect them from malarial mosquitoes. Each night, she had to choose which of the six children would sleep under the net. Do we really think that paying $5 for a mosquito net to keep Nhem Yen's children alive would be money down a rathole?..."

Why can the GRC take care of the poor people? Each offical, instead of spending couple hundreds of dollars in the restaurants and bars, should very easily buy many mosquito nets. So is a bottle of Hennessey worth more than the life of a child?


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