Some of you may have seen the PBS documentary Half The Sky or read the book when it came out last year. It tells powerful stories of the risks women around the world face and how they’re overcoming them. One of the women featured is Somaly Mam, who runs a foundation in her native Cambodia dedicated to rescuing and caring for young women who have been the victims of modern-day slavery in her country.
Many recognize photos of Angkor Wat, considered by some to be one of the wonders of the world, and most realize that the history of Cambodia has been rocky, but we thought a few more details were in order. Watch our slideshow below for images, historical facts, and remembrances from Brooke Edwards, a staff writer for the Victorville Daily Press in Southern California, who visited the country a few years ago and shared her thoughts with us.
You can also watch the video of Scott’s jump with the 18 for 18 Project — a fundraiser for the Somaly Mam Foundation — below.