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The smile

In the beginning there was…  the smile.  “Sosdaï!”, their hands clasped, head bowed, the “little paper” between their fingers where their name and age were written in Khmer and English… The honor of receiving them was indeed ours. Trust having been granted, the little body lay down on the table, with a krama cloth placed over the pelvis, and with …

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National Borey for Infants and children (NBIC)

Our first day of treatment. We were about to begin the first morning. Sitting next to the treatment table, I exchanged a word with a friend from the mission: we were about to begin our first morning. I turned my head and there she was… Just like a feather, without a sound, she arrived, ‘deposited’ on my table… Her nanny …

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A few words from G………

During this mission, the whole of the docOstéocam team is working at the M’Lop Tapang school in the heart of Sihanoukville. The atmosphere is “tense”, the noises from the nearby streets are deafening, the hustle and bustle of the children playing in the concrete playground resonates all around our treatment tables. There is not a sprig of greenery in sight, …

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2023 11 CAMBODIA ASSIGNMENT – XAVIER

A red dirt track running through flooded paddy fields A large, flat area dotted with palm trees. Yellow rice drying on tarpaulins in front of the houses. A green sign at the corner points the way to the orphanage. Our bodies are shaken by the badly worn road, and sway as we drive over the puddles. Our cheerful hearts watch …

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Stories without words

In these moments between dreams and reality, a fortnight comes to life like fragments of a fantasy. The warmth of the group mingles with solitude, creating a fragile harmony.  The country itself becomes a symphony of the senses: vibrant colours, interwoven sounds and scents, enchanting warmth. At the heart of this experience, osteopathic care becomes a moment of beauty and …

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Never been there

I’d never been there before. From the first to the last child we were to see together, like the fingers on a hand, or rather two hands. So much violence and so many abandoned, all these shortcomings, all these badly healed wounds, these tight “corsets”.  Let things go, let things come, not want anything. Our Osteopathy was there, like a …

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A great journey

MY IMPRESSIONS AFTER THE ASSIGNMENT “Happy she who like Catherine has returned successful from her travels… !” What more can I say about this extraordinary experience on assignment with Docosteocam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It led me on a twofold adventure, that of discovering the history of this country and its people, and that of a therapeutic journey, on the …

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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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