Cambodian girl escapes life of poverty to land scholarship at University of Melbourne

Sophy Ron spent eight years of her childhood surrounded by garbage and toxic fumes while living in a notorious Cambodian rubbish dump nicknamed “Smoky Mountain”.

Less than a decade after escaping, the 21-year-old is about to begin studying at the University of Melbourne and dreams of running her own business.

Her former home, the Steng Meanchey landfill in Phnom Penh, has long been a symbol of the country’s poverty.

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