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Carol Cozen-Bernstein

Together with her husband, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Robert Bernstein, MD, Carol Cozen-Bernstein founded the California-based Mobile Pediatric Orthopaedic Education program. It trains surgeons in war-torn countries how to care for children with fractures, clubfeet, scoliosis, hip dysplasia and other disabling conditions. The organization also sends volunteer surgeons to similar areas it identifies in the developing world, where there is limited or no care for children with orthopaedic problems. One of those countries is Cambodia, which has struggled to rebuild its infrastructure since its civil war. “There are thousands of children and adults who need orthopaedic medical attention due to the devastation of the Khmer Rouge during the 1970s,” she says.

Playground 2007

8 x 10 in.

Photograph


Cozen-Bernstein’s photographs capture the severe dysfunction and poverty of a society destroyed by war. At the main garbage dump in Phnom Penh, children work and play barefoot in the trash. Many children are abandoned here and spend 12 hours a day collecting recyclables in exchange for rice, Cozen-Bernstein says.

 

Shelter 2007

8 x 10 in.

Photograph


This photo shows a Cambodian boy looking out of a makeshift shelter. “My journey through Cambodia moved me deeply because of the extreme turmoil caused by war and the slow recovery of the Cambodian society that I witnessed,” Cozen-Bernstein says.