She was born in Cambodia during Civil
War when most of the population, urban and rural, were involved in a
horrible massacre. There were hundreds of thousands Killing Fields where
collectively more than a million people were murdered and buried by the
Khmer Rouge regime. Sophie escaped the country and stayed in a refugee
camp in neighbouring Thailand. She still remembers bomb attacks and
scream of people losing their families.
She had to drop out of
school to start helping her family. She raised cattle and worked hard on
a farm from sunrise to sunset. Sophie organised a fair trade business
and helped Cambodian farmers to sell their crops. She dedicated her life
to solving problems of homeless people, drug and alcohol addicts,
domestic violence victims and refugees.
Now Sophie is going to
be a professional social worker and become committed to social justice.
She will be working with people to support them through difficult times
and ensure that vulnerable ones, including children and adults, are
safeguarded from harm.
Look at Sophie. She lived out tough
times, she faced a war, she helped distressed people. But she could
withstand all hardship and stay joyful, bright and sunny person. Every
time I see Sophie, she is laughing, she’s smiling, she is loving
everyone. With all my respect: Sophie, you are amazing!