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My Story: Sieng Sok Chann



A community awareness initiative promoting the human rights and empowerment of people with disabilities living in the world's poorest countries.

My story, Sieng Sok Chann, Cambodia

Sieng Sok Chann speaking:

My name is Sieng Sok Chann. I am 29 years old.

In the past I used to walk like other people. But when I was 13 in Cambodia was still fighting, I crossed a bridge,
but something hit me in the back and I lost consciousness.

A week later my parents took me for an x-ray and then they realised it was a bullet. It had broken my backbone.

I was studying in grade 8 and I regret that I could not continue my study.



Sieng Sok Chann speaking:

I realised I was a woman with disability, I could not change anything. Many people said to me that my life is very vulnerable like this, why didn't I go to die? Even my father and sister treated me very badly.

So after I suffered a lot from their actions, I decided I must have a good skill to survive.

Many people who get disability like me pass away, because of depression.



Sieng Sok Chann speaking:

The International Labour Organisation came to meet with me and sent me to Phnom Penh centre to get vocational training.

I really expect women who are trained will have skills so have a good life and start up their own business.

I like teaching in the sewing school because I saw that I can train people with disability, so they can have a sustainable life and good job. Now there are a lot of NGOs, especially Battambang Disabled People's Organisation,
I now have social participation. I can play sport, I can do anything with other people, so I am quite happy.

I committed myself to help other women with disability, especially to make myself a strong role model to make sure they are not discriminated against or look down on because of their disability.

I don't want people to say my spirit is disabled, or my capacity is disabled, so I really want to show the world I'm strong.

I know a lot of problems that women with disabilities face in Battambang.

Disability can lead to poverty because of no job. You are more vulnerable in life. Most women with disability in my area are single mothers.



Sieng Sok Chann speaking:

I know that the convention of the rights of people with disability happened and mentions the rights of people with disability, the right to participate, and the right to live without discrimination.

I think it's very good, I really want to see our government pay more attention to people with disability who have no chance to participate in life.

I set up a women's group and we always have a beautician so the public see us as beautiful.

I don't want people to see that I am a person with a disability and look like a beggar. I don't want to become like that. So that if I am a woman with disability, I have freedom to be beautiful like others as well.


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End The Cycle is an initiative of CBM Australia with support from the Australian government AusAID.

Sieng Sok Chann from Cambodia will inspire you! She's a 29 year old woman with a spinal cord injury, a wheelchair-user, a mother, the leader of a women's group and a beautiful person. This is her story, in her own words...

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