Lianne Milton

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GOOD MORNING FAMILY
Location: Madison, Wi
Nationality: American
Biography: Lianne Milton is an independent photojournalist, social documentary photographer, and visual artist. Her practice-led research explores the complexities of the human condition, in particular, the maternal. It is concerned with interconnecting... MORE
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GOOD MORNING FAMILY
Copyright Lianne Milton 2023
Updated Jan 2013
Topics Cambodia, Documentary, Phnom Penh, Photography, photojournalism, Street

Drug addiction is a relatively new social issue that began around the mid-1990s, when the country was recovering from decades of conflict. What drives Cambodia's drug use are the lack of effective drug rehabilitation programs and the availability of illegal drugs - cheap methamphetamines and the highly potent Burmese heroin. 

Consequently, the government built several drug detention centers in recent years (or re-education centers) to clean the streets of "undesirables," and rehabilitated by exercises, military marches, and re-education classes, called "Good Morning Family," to restore morality. However, in early 2010, human rights groups released reports on abuse on drug addicts at these centers. 

The story explores issues around addiction in Cambodia, such as poverty and recovery; and understanding their concept of "restoring morality," which, in the western world, particularly in the United States, addiction is otherwise treated as a disease.

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