I am writing to inform you how much I appreciated Anne-Laure Poree's article "Against the odds, children find their stride on the backs of horses", in the December 2 issue of the Post. I found the article very refreshing and inspiring. It is about Narith, a young Cambodian boy who strives to live his life pursuing his dream of becoming a professional horse rider although it means opposing a beloved mother's wish, having no financial support, and trying to achieve what is almost unknown to the public.
I feel connected to the boy. I am much older than him and I am still trying my hardest to find my passion. However, for Narith, to have already known what he wants in life but to still struggle to find a way to get it, I think he is feeling a lot worse than I am.
This article helped me and hopefully the public to be aware of what have been and still are the Cambodian children's problems. The article helps to show how a child can be put in a very difficult situation by an unsupportive parent. Parents should be the one that the children go to, not the one that they lie to. Also, the article shows how poverty has a tremendous effect on children's life as it discourages them to strive to turn a dream into reality.
In the article, despite of all the difficulties Narith faces, he is still trying to follow his heart and pursue his dream.
Rong Chan Sreineang