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David Calleja

David Calleja is an independent writer based in Melbourne, Australia. You can email him at [email protected]

Learning How to Be a Partner In Compassion

It is June 20, 2008 and I am seated next to a former military officer and combat veteran on board a bus from Saigon, Vietnam heading for Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I am fielding a question regarding how many times I had visited Cambodia before. “This is my first visit,” I reply in a tone awaiting a lecture on life. “Son,” he said, “You are an infant, yet to find your place in this part of the world.” Fast forward four months.

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