Cambodia’s Circus of Hope fights for survival

Under the bright lights of the circus tent, Kong Tida moves with captivating grace, every gesture unfolding with deliberation. He is excited to perform in front of an audience but he knows, his days in this circus may be numbered.

Phare could be described as Cambodia’s answer to Cirque du Soleil. But Phare is more than a circus. Often called the “Circus of Hope,” it trains destitute children to become top-class circus performers.

And each performer has a story to tell. Drawn from among the country’s beggars, orphans, victims of human trafficking and drug addicts, they have honed their skills and found new purpose in life.

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