"The disability has imprisoned my dreams and hinders my whole spirit." While walking between the crammed alleys of a riverside, grimy slum of Siem Reap, Cambodia, I found Soye playing violin on the stairs of his house. 35 year old Soye has lost one of his limbs in a landmine explosion when he was 20.
"I couldn"™t go to school ever. I used to play music at weddings but now, day by day, I feel exhausted. My music is only for myself. Although I play in the market place to earn money, I never beg," Soye"™s dazzling eyes glitter.
In Cambodia, the death of Pol Pot and the demise of the Khmer Rouge ended a dark and savage era but the legacy left behind is 41,000 victims who have lost limbs to landmines. Cambodia is the home to an estimated 4-6 million landmines and has the highest per capita number of amputees in the world "“ one of every 350 people.
I followed him from sunrise to the hazy dusk, capturing his daily life through my camera. In the busy marketplace Soye"™s violin attracts some people, while some just pass by. But at the end of the day when he comes back with only one and a half dollar, nothing can hold his sparkling smile.