Peace journey to communities and conflict areas in Thailand and Cambodia on March 24-30, 2011.
A Wife and her innocent-eyed baby are waiting for their loved one to come back home safely. It took us hours by bus from Preah Vihear province to reach the community where the Cambodian soldiers’ wives stay. When we got to that area, we saw about hundred of children both boys and girls attending their classes provided by an NGO serving the communities.
There were about fifteen wives who greeted our group with a warm welcome. We then sat under the trees and began our lively and unforgettable conversion with our Cambodian sisters.
I noticed this one woman, around the age of 25 to 30 years old, who was sitting in the group. She held her two months old baby in her arms and fed her milk from her breast. I fondly remember her giving us a gentle smiling which showed her genuinely peaceful heart. She told us that she gave birth to the baby with the help of a midwife in the community while her husband was on frontline of the battlefield between Thailand and Cambodian border. Her baby hasn’t had chance to meet her father yet. They are still hoping to see their family complete one of these days.
As woman, I personally admire her for her strength and courage for carrying big responsibility to the family while in the midst of a personal and social tribulation.
The innocent-eyed baby girl looked at us. I know that if she could only speak, she would tell everybody to help her father find his way safely back home where she and her mommy are waiting for him with utmost excitement.