Surviving Polio and the Khmer Rouge | Reconstructing Phnom Penh
Oct 24, 2023 6:00 PM
Addheka | Aid Projects of Mercy, Cambodia
Surviving Polio and the Khmer Rouge | Reconstructing Phnom Penh

In April 1975, a 14-year-old Cambodian girl had only just learned to walk, having contracted polio as an infant. She became part of the forced evacuation of the entire population from the city of Phnom Penh. Her father had 24 children and three wives. Within days, the family was scattered. For much of the next four years, Addheka was alone, surviving unusual hardship and witnessing the fanatical, irrational, murderous reality of the Khmer Rouge regime. 

When it all miraculously ended, Addheka returned to Phnom Penh to seek out surviving family members. With a positive attitude, she became part of the reconstruction effort of the city working in a major hospital, before becoming a language teacher and Principal soon after. Today, Addheka runs the Aid Projects of Mercy for the very poorest of children in Cambodia. 

Come & hear her story.... whilst raising awareness of the continued efforts to eradicate Polio.


Perth & Crawley & Dalkeith Rotary | Polio Dinner 2023

Perth Parmelia Hilton | 14 Mill Street, Perth

Tuesday 24th October




Cost: $90 per person


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