The many shapes and sizes of NGOs in Cambodia
mostly photographed on the banks of the Tonle Sap at Sisowath Quay, otherwise known as the Phnom Penh riverside.
NGOs can all be relied upon to be abusive and offensive. It's their job.
Phnom Penh riverside early afternoon on December 12th. 2007
This NGO was spotted in the early afternoon on the riverside in Phnom Penh.
It is suspected that they are transported by minibus to a location in front of the royal palace
and then let loose on the unsuspecting public enjoying the sights and sounds.
Some NGOs walk along the riverside while others assemble at strategic locations like the balcony of the Foreign Correspondents Club.
Despite what they say when confronted they do not like being photographed themselves
and may even have some police protection since the Khmers and their police
were well aware of the activities of your webmaster.
He thought it prudent to cease and desist when asked by them if he had a problem.
The NGO then disappeared, probably back into the car he had emerged from.
NGOs have a pseudo police authority because of the money America pays.
This is where your charity donations to War on Want, Save the Children, World Health Organisation etc are going.
These people are selected off the back of the dole queues from western countries
and receive a salary of 8,500 US$ per month plus free accommodation, food and the use of luxury cars.
They are to be found in all of the most expensive restaurants and hotels in Cambodia.
They all know very well what is going on.
Phnom Penh riverside late afternoon on December 12th. 2007
These two German NGOs (or maybe Austrians) pretended not to speak English.
After much jumping around one of them fled along the riverside.
The other one hid behind a tree.
Your white Anglo webmaster acted as a lure while a Khmer friend took these photos.
They were taken aback that a Khmer could do this.
This man was photographing all the little children he could find.
He then pretended to be browsing at the bookstore.
Are they or aren't they? Phnom Penh riverside early evening on December 12th. 2007
These two look suspicious.
They are very interested in the small children.
He carries too much camera equipment for a tourist.
They look scruffy.
Cotton clothes are not expensive since they are made in Cambodia.
Are they NGOs or not?
Sometimes it is difficult to tell.
They come in so many shapes and sizes.
This man is all that was left of a 'family' party of 'husband', 'wife' and 'daughter',
who were eating hamburgers in the restaurant of the California Hotel in Phnom Penh.
The 'wife' and 'daughter' fled when approached by your webmaster. The camera misfired.
The 'wife' had taken a photo with her telephone. The 'daughter' was very pretty, blond, white and about 10 years old.
My wife approached the 'daughter'. She loves little children. The 'father' told her that they did not want her.
They wanted your white Anglo webmaster. The 'father' fled a few seconds later.
Phnom Penh riverside early evening on December 12th. 2007
This NGO was caught in the act of changing lenses.
He removed the telephoto lens to prepare the camera for night work.
They cruise along the riverside looking for any white Anglo males seen consorting with the natives.
This includes eating in one of the many fine restaurants.
A typical 3 man hit squad photographed from Happy Herb Pizza at extreme range.
The one on the left is concealing the camera, he has just used.
The one on the right does not like being photographed.
Strange how they all recite that they are doing nothing wrong by taking photographs.
Yet they don't like it being done to them.
Koh Kong kids Christmas party on December 25th. 2007
These two appeared at the kids Christmas party in Koh Kong.
They hovered around the shop next door photographing everything until
it was explained to them that anybody could come inside which they did.
They then started on their usual line that they were not doing anything wrong.
When asked who they were they refused to show identification or to explain their activities.
Despite their enormous salaries they contributed nothing to the kids,
who were receiving little presents paid for by contributions from the expat community.
If you are reading this and don't want to be treated in this way
then explain yourselves and contribute.
You have far more money than these kids who you say you are helping.
These kids do not eat properly and cannot afford food and medical expenses.
There was a whole roasted pig and rice later for the kids.
The NGOs had meanwhile retired to the air conditioned comfort
of the Koh Kong City Hotel for a well earned hot bath.
Well somebody has got to do it.
Your webmaster would recommend this job to any of the unemployed.
The problem is that some of them have principles.
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