Cambodia has a very dark recent history, but during my month in Phnom Penh I was truly inspired by the locals who generally had a positive demeanor with a lot of hope for the future. From 1975 - 1979, the Khmer Rouge Regime resulted in the deaths of up to 25% of population. During this time the educated and elderly were particularly targeted, causing 50% of today’s Cambodian population to be under 25 years old.
This past month I discovered many of these young adults are passionate about empowering Cambodians and striving for a better future for their country. Learning about the emerging tech scene and various NGOs and social empowerment projects was very uplifting.