The Sacramento Bee
"Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World's Poor"
Docked on the shores of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, these families live their whole lives and carry on all of their daily activities on small boats. At dusk, You Hai Yati, 4, washes herself in these waters. It is the same water that she and her family drink and use to cook every day. She is the youngest daughter of Y You, 50 and Soh Nop, 40. They have seven children, the oldest is 24. All of them have never gone to school as their parents could not afford it. They could not read or write at all and only one of them has had a job rather than fishing along with their parents. They have been living on a boat along Tonle Sap and Mekong River Banks in Chroy Changva commune, Russei district of Phnom Penh since the fall of Khmer Rouge in 1979. They own no land or house. They own one boat a few chickens and a two-year old fishing net that they keep repairing.