My letter is concerning the article in the Phnom Penh Post, August 9 - 22, 1996,
entitled "In defense of adoption," written by Dr Daniel C. Susott, founder
and chairman of the board of the World Family Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dear Dr Daniel,
I have read with great interest your article emphasizing international adoptions.
In this matter you have involved in a process, together with your honorable colleagues,
one that I have always appreciated for the kind of spirit of humanity.
Your understanding of the needs and your appropriate responses to such situations
are works that are valued.
As you have mentioned "Cambodia could get all the help it needed setting up
systems which meet the international standard of protection of children's rights,"
through legal adoption channels.
If these orphans, without help, would grow up as prostitutes or petty thieves, that
depends on their own character; but with guidance and some opportunities, their future
will be brighter.
Yet even the children growing up in the care of their parents, some of them are not
good for society.
Cambodia still is one place on the planet where things, in general, seem to be moving
in the right direction, getting better instead of worse.
I am reminded of the speech given by the Second Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen last
year, when he came to Kratie and said that "A husband and a wife originating
from different parties, even if earlier they have had different perceptions or tendencies;
but in common, they must feed their children and take care of them."
In the past, I have read one book, edited by Professor Barry S. Levy and yourself,
and in the preface you mentioned the recent Cambodian situation. In one chapter you
stressed about the "historical context" and gave a brief overview of relief
As a matter of fact, you have contacted Cambodians inside and outside the country
for a long time. Really you must know about their acts, their thinking, and even
Finally, thanks for your goodwill toward Cambodian people, and may Almighty God and
Lord Buddha bless you all the time.
- Seng Ly Chuong, Deputy director of the Provincial Health Direction, Kratie.