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Dr. Beat Richner, playing cello
Every Saturday, at 7.15 pm and sometimes also every Thursday at 7.15 pm at Jayavarman VII Hospital in Siem Reap, on the way from the town to Angkor Wat: Swiss doctor Beat Richner - he calls himself Beatocello - plays Bach on the cello and speaks about the activities of the five children's hospitals in Cambodia, which he has founded and where the access to treatment and medicine is free. And he shows the film "L'ombrello di Beatocello" about 20 years of work for justice in Cambodia.
Justice? Yes, according to Beat Richner there is no justice, if children in Cambodia do not have access to medicine, because it is too expensive for example for cambodian farmers, who earn less than 300 dollars a year. And for Richner there is no justice, if the Cambodian children are not allowed to have the same quality of medicine treatment as children for example in Switzerland. Richner critizises the World Health Organization (WHO) because they don't allow the poors in the pour countries to get the same quality of medicine care as the children in the rich countries.
And by listeing to Richner you learn, that more than sixty percent of people in Cambodia are infected by Tuberculosis. Because so many people were in the 300 prisons and concentration camps during the regime of the Khmer Rouge. And prisons are a basis for Tuberculosis. But Richner talks not only, he plays the music. And his playing on the cello is one of the main sources for money for his hospitals, for donations. And only a small part of the money (annual running costs of 40 Million dollars now in 2012, 2400 people working in the hospitals) come form governments as the Cambodian and the Swiss government. And with this every day around 400 children can enter the hospital.
After you have heard all this, you will be moved and understand, why Richner says: "If there is no justice there will be no peace". And then he will invite you to make blood or money donations. And here you can make donations also.
Beat Richner is now more than 65 years old. He will not be able in the future to play in the money with his cello. So he tries now to involve more countries to invest money into the future of the children of Cambodia. He hopes, that also the Chinese government will give Cambodia money to give to the hospitals. And it may be a good sign, that the Chinese Ambassador in Cambodia was listening to Beatocello just the same evening in November 2012, when the author of this blog was listening too.
Read the history of the Kanta Bopha hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap story.
See videos about the Kantha Bopha Hospital by Georges Gachot, who turned the film "L'Ombrello di Beatocello": Kantha Bopha Hospital, Phnom Penh, 17 Jan 11 - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and Trailer of the film "L'Ombrello di Beatocello" and Film "L'Ombrello di Beatocello" and Film about Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap.
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A long queue waiting for free help at Kantha Bopha Children Hospital