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    Slumdog Metal: Cambodian Street Kids Scream For Their Lives

      Doch Chkae means “like a dog” in Khmer. It’s also the name of the death metal band founded by two orphans born in the slums of Phnom Penh. Theara, the lead singer of Doch Chkae grew up together with the guitarist Vichey. They ate and drink and slept in these garbage-covered slums. Theara and Vichey dropped out of school when they were 9 years old. They drove garbage trucks around the city and made a living picking up waste. Because of the involvement of the international NGO “Mom Against Poverty”, Theara and Vichey were able to continue their studies and no longer had to worry about making a living.…