Chanti and Chita as a baby
Rosa, in the early days of her indoctrination into Pentecostalism - funded with tax-deductible charity dollars provided to Citipointe church by the Global Development Group
Despite their poverty, Chanti's family is a happy one - their happiness destroyed when Citipointe's offer to 'help' lead to Rosa and Chita's close to total removal from family life
Rosa at school, 2007. Chanti never went to school and was keen that her daughters get a good education and be given opportunities in life that she never had.
A year or so before she is 'rescued', Rosa dances in the humbler bamboo home that she lives in with Chanti, Chhork, grandma Vanna and baby sister, Chita.
|Chita kisses her baby sister Srey Ka the day before she is 'rescued' by Citipointe church. These two sisters have spent virtually no time together this past five years. Close to six now|
Now you would think that Citipointe, armed with two MOUs giving the church the legal right of removal and detention of children, would be keen to provide copies to Chanti and Chhork (who have been asking for them for five years now) and to myself, Chanti and Chhork’s legally appointed advocate – if only to get me off the church’s back. I have been badgering Citipointe for the MOUs for five years – annoying Pastor Leigh Ramsey so much that she has twice threatened to sue me for defamation. The church’s Pastor Brian Mulheran has also tried his hand at some good old-fashioned Mafia like intimidation – threatening to have me ‘forcibly removed’. In his letter to me of 21st Feb 2013 Pastor Mulheran writes:
Two disabled men prepare to 'fight' each other for the amusement of onlookers and to earn money to survive. Rosa and Chanti look on. From CHANTI'S WORLD.
There are no social services to speak of in Cambodia. If you are severely disabled, as these two men are, you make a living in any way you can. In this instance it is putting on a boxing/wrestling match for an audience - one that includes Chanti and Rosa. From CHANTI'S WORLD
|Chhork, baby Srey Ka and Chanti in their hot humble home the day before Rosa and Chita are 'rescued'.|
|Chita at home with mum and dad the day before her illegal removal|