Villagers in ‘Vanishing Forests’ are Losing Hope
July 3, 2010, 2:11 am
Filed under: Land Grabbing by the Rich & Powerful

Villagers in ‘Vanishing Forests’ are Losing Hope

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

Once upon a time during the French colonial rule more than 100 years ago, it is said that two outlawed families were on the run after being hunted down by the French for a crime the husbands had committed in Kampot town.

 They ended up at a remote mountain on the edge of Kampot province, where elephants, tigers and other wild animals were still roaming around in the dense forests. As time went by, more people settled in the area and paved the way for the creation of a village near the foot of the mountain. Continue reading



Homeless children run away from poverty only to try to survive
July 3, 2010, 1:52 am
Filed under: Social Issues

“Going into the water, there are crocodiles,

Going up on land, there are tigers”

 Homeless children run away from poverty only to try to survive

the urban Big Brother’s exploitation

by Tum Chita, Kiss Magazine

 

            When a 13-year old teenage boy called Kea deserted his mother and relatives in Prasith village, north of Phnom Penh, to live in the city as a homeless beggar, he hoped that he would free himself from his rural poverty, but he was absolutely wrong.

            Life as a homeless boy in the city not only does not relieve him of poverty, but also causes him to confront exploitation from big Brothers and use of drugs. Continue reading