Lianne Milton

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Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality: American
Biography: Lianne Milton is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Brazil and Washington, DC. Her work examines the impact of socio-economic issues on race, class, citizenship and migration - from global migration to the lasting effects of... read on
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GOOD MORNING FAMILY
Credits: lianne milton
Updated: 01/29/13

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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