Kindness defeats the Killing Fields: Falling in love with Cambodia and its determination to escape the horrors of the past

Actor Nigel Planer took a river cruise down the Mekong river through Cambodia

I’m in a village square in the middle of Cambodia; a teenager is showing off his football skills among a group of toddlers who are chasing him around and trying to tackle him.

He’s quite good, with a repertoire that includes step-overs, keepie-uppies and fake shots.

The only thing unusual about the scene is that the teenager is a Buddhist monk in full saffron robes and flip flops. His head is completely shaved.

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