96 years old.
She has been coming to Wat Toul Tompong for prayer and meditation for more than 30 years. Her son, who has a role in the upkeep of the temple was keen for me to met and photograph her.
She was happy to pose and chat.
So, she lived under French rule, saw the Japanese occupy her country during WW2, witnessed Cambodia’s independence of France, and the overthrow of Sihanouk and the resulting bloody civil war.
Then she lived through the Khmer Rouge atrocities, the war with Vietnam, the United Nations peace-keeping force and saw Cambodia’s first ‘free’ elections.
I don’t know her, but she represents the resilience and the dignity of Cambodia’s old folk.