“It’s time for lunch at the Khan Khang Orphanage, a big small lunch. It’s like a “party”. The children come out to eat in their cafeteria, which actually consists of a small space under a canopy. The stove is not really a stove, it’s a cauldron similar to those of witches, with a wood fire underneath.
Lunch is ready. The janitor comes out with cauldrons of rice. People fill up their plates in turn, sit down at round tables, boys and girls divided. There’s also a table for volunteers who come from all over the world.
Today’s the turn of five French girls. There are not enough seats, and some of the kids are eating on the ground. Cauldrons full of vegetable soup arrive, this is the seasoning for the rice.
We whisk away the flies between one mouthful and the other, and then everyone washes their own dish”.