A Cambodian circus that takes its performers from the country’s poorest, and funds an arts school, is facing hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nov Sreyleak (red) and other members of Phare. Photo: PhareA Cambodian circus that takes its performers from the country’s poorest, and funds an arts school, is facing hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nov Sreyleak (red) and other members of Phare. Photo: Phare
A Cambodian circus that takes its performers from the country’s poorest, and funds an arts school, is facing hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nov Sreyleak (red) and other members of Phare. Photo: Phare

Lifted from poverty by a Cambodian Cirque du Soleil, acrobats support 1,200 students through nightly shows

  • The performers in Phare, The Cambodian Circus, have broken the cycle of poverty, but the help they give others to do the same is at risk with its shows on hold
  • Every acrobat has a story to tell – of not having enough to eat selling snacks as a child, or of scavenging at a city dump and foiling their mother’s suicide
Topic |   Cambodia
A Cambodian circus that takes its performers from the country’s poorest, and funds an arts school, is facing hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nov Sreyleak (red) and other members of Phare. Photo: PhareA Cambodian circus that takes its performers from the country’s poorest, and funds an arts school, is facing hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nov Sreyleak (red) and other members of Phare. Photo: Phare
A Cambodian circus that takes its performers from the country’s poorest, and funds an arts school, is facing hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nov Sreyleak (red) and other members of Phare. Photo: Phare

Corrected [12:30pm, 11 Jun, 2020]

  • [12:30pm, 11 Jun, 2020]

    An earlier version of this story carried a summary that read: Orphans, beggars, human trafficking victims, drug addicts, they found redemption ... with a circuls in Cambodia. It has been corrected to say they found salvation. We apologise for any offence caused.

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