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Banteay Meanchey Province, near the Thai border, is one of the Cambodian areas where the population has been most affected by the civil war. The last fighting ended in 1997, and many refugees returning from camps in Thailand have settled there in the greatest destitution. These uprooted populations, deeply affected by more than 30 years of civil war, are having great difficulty rebuilding themselves in times of peace. Many families are still shattered: by the violence inherited from the war period, by the AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics, by the poverty that pushes parents to abandon their children and try their luck in neighboring Thailand. In this context, children represent a particularly fragile population.

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