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Two weeks

Two weeks far from home, from your family, from your day-to-day activity, from your culture. Two weeks out of your comfort zone. Two weeks forever engraved in my memory. Such a short lapse of time on the scale of a lifetime, and yet so rich, so intensely human, that it opens up perspectives you might seek throughout your whole life. …

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A journey, and a therapy

The journey began just a few weeks before our departure for Cambodia, which was planned for February 21, 2020, in a context of uncertainty and doubt. People I knew, and the media, strongly advised against travelling to Asia because of the situation related to Covid-19. On top of this, my flight was cancelled just a few days before departure, with …

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I remember

I remember that little girl in the Children’s Restaurant A game of hide-and-seek behind a white canvas I could just make out a hand and two feet Suddenly the curtain lifted The light shone onto her face We talked with our hands,   And then with our expressions, Danith, the interpreter was never far if we needed him for words. …

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You gave me

You gave me your hands, carrying little white pieces of paper. Mine welcomed a fragment of life, over a moment’s encounter, and we travelled on together. On different time lines, always hoping for a better future. Of course, some eyes marked me more, some stories are engraved and I take heart in those that were most insignificant. Modesty and doubt …

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Friday

February 28, 2020 We left Kep early in the morning for Takeo and the village of Sok San. Sok San is a centre for the disabled. Just like elsewhere the welcome was very warm. I noted that the centre was pleasant, open, equipped with balneotherapy facilities (a true luxury) and a physiotherapy area. There were real medical files. The first …

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Cambodian meetings

From February 21 until March 9, 2020 My action as a Paediatrician: How fortunate I have been to work in a team, to dialogue and to do good by pooling our knowledge for the good of the children. Of course, I saw pathologies that are sometimes non-existent in our western countries. Illnesses that are not treated due to lack of …

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Moments

Moments that mark your life How can we accurately describe what we feel, those moments, those encounters, which leave an everlasting imprint in our heart and our mind? How can we explain the emotion that overcomes you with each placing of the hand, each treatment, each smile? Those smiles that can hide so much distress, but smiles that restore faith …

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Double Comeback

My second mission with DocOSTEOcam: back to Cambodia two years after a first epic journey that had helped me grow; that of a purely manual osteopathic journey, without words, beyond privileged Europe. Discoveries of new wonderful companions in this marvellous travelling troupe; new places for care, and a return to places I had already experienced. Evidence of this was immediately …

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Testimony – November 2019

I have come home with a touch of nostalgia but above all with my heart filled with warmth and radiating happiness. I embrace all these beautiful sensations and emotions felt during this journey and pray that they will be indelible, continuing to spread this love, this sharing, this joy, this benevolence and this beauty. It was bigger and stronger than …

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That morning

So we set off for the orphanage of Sovannaphum – Jacqueline, Anne, Sotikun, and our dear Dominique – yes … a little masculine energy was required in this small group of osteopaths. Once the girls had been raised into the “cattle truck” as we called it, or “children’s bus” in Asia, we drove for a few kilometres away from Battambang …

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One journey leads to others

MISSION IMPRESSIONS NOVEMBER 2017 Under the aircraft wing we could see the muddy diversions of a river, and a flooded plain. I was dazzled by the water everywhere! An immense lake at the centre of the country, which either emptied into the Mekong, or was filled during the monsoon by an inversion streaming in from a stretch flowing back from …

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