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Mother of triplets hopes for PM's charity

Mother of triplets hopes for PM's charity

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A TRIPLE HANDFUL

Rachna and her sons, from the left, maybe, are Chanary,

Chanarong and Chanara. "Some people wanted me to send two

of my sons off to beg," says Rachna, who's hoping for 2

million riel from Hun Sen that will change the family's life.

YUK RACHNA has finally made it here to the big city, hopeful and determined to tap

the pocket of the most powerful man in the land.

Rachna is confident that by the end of this month, a life of extreme difficulty and

grinding poverty in Koh Kong will be a thing of the past for her, her disabled husband,

and their 7-year-old daugher Chamreun and 3-year-old triplets: Chanary, Chanarong

and Chan-ara.

The 32-year-old Rachna, an orphan herself, was stricken by polio when she was only

8-months-old. She moved from her home in Prey Veng to Koh Kong ten years ago, where

she met and later married Siv Saroeun, a former soldier who lost an eye in 1985 and

still carries shrapnel in his body.

They are extremely poor and being both disabled has caused them to "struggle

a lot to even survive," she said.

Three years after they were married, Saroeun and Rachna had Chamreun. Four years

later, Rach-na gave birth to triplet boys.

"Some people wanted me to send off two of my sons to beg," she said, adding

these people "promised to provide some support for me". She refused.

"When we were in trouble, and sometimes we could not even afford for rice to

eat, we nearly decided to give our children away, but we decided to struggle on feeding

them ourselves," she said.

Neangkok village, where the family live, is a long way from the nearest market, and

it's too expensive and rough to travel there often.

But one day, two months ago, Rachna made the trip with her boys and was told "you

should go and get help from Hun Sen".

The Second Prime Minister has always supported couples who have given birth to triplets,

to the tune of two million riels - more than $520 at today's exchange rate.

Rachna finally arrived at the offices of the Cambodian Disabled People's Organization

(CDPO) at the beginning of this month.

Now she's heard that someone from Hun Sen's cabinet will be meeting her today (Nov

27).

"If I get some support from Samdech Hun Sen, my husband and I can move to accommodation

in another place, nearby a school for my children, because there is not a school

in my current village.

"We love our children," she said, "and if possible we want to help

our triplets sons for their future."

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