Homeless children run away from poverty only to try to survive
July 3, 2010, 1:52 am
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“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


Two Teenage Sisters Recollect Their Lives As Child Servants
June 12, 2010, 9:19 am
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Two Teenage Sisters Recollect Their Lives As Child Servants

By Chea Kimsan and Chin Sopheak

             Under the heat from the sun in a vast paddy field, Reaksmei and her younger sister, Somaly, wearing red and white scarves around their heads and holding sickles in their hands, are harvesting rice, sweating profusely, behind their house in Leak Anloung village, Rolaing Chak commune, Somraong Torng district, Kompong Speu province. But they do not complain about this tiring work if compared to the hard work they used to do during their childhood.

            Sixteen-year-old Reaksmei, whose complexion is as slightly dark yellow as her younger sister, said she and her younger sister had been sent to work as child servants for many years by her mother during which she and her younger sister had also been tortured. Reaksmei said she had 6 brothers and sisters, but she and her younger sister were not lucky to warmly live with their parents, grandparents and other brothers and sisters as her mother sent her and her younger sister to work as child servants successively. Continue reading

Buddhism is the basis of the rule of law
October 12, 2008, 3:48 am
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Buddhism is the basis of the rule of law

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

The Phnom Penh Post, Tuesday, 07 October, 2008



s Cambodian people are returning from P’Chum Ben, they might have fulfilled their traditional obligation to appease the ghosts of their ancestors who have been roaming different pagodas in search of food offered by their living relatives during the two-week-long festival.

However, probably very few people apart from the Buddhist monks and lay people have been able to please the gods by fully following the panca-sila, or the Five Precepts, they have repeatedly chanted during the ceremonies. Continue reading

Gods go hungry
July 14, 2008, 2:46 am
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Gods go hungry

The Phnom Penh Post, Friday, 27 June 2008


couple of nights ago, I had a nightmare that my house was on fire and everything was burned to ashes. I woke up in the middle of the night and told my wife my strange dream.

Deemed a bad omen for the family, my wife spontaneously warned me not to forget to light three incense sticks and throw away a handful of rice in the morning. As believed by many Cambodians, people think that this practice will get rid of bad luck after a nightmare.

With a lackadaisical belief in superstitions, I told my wife that I was not going to throw away more rice just because of a nightmare anymore. Continue reading

Cycle your way to cheaper living
June 4, 2008, 1:56 am
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The Phnom Penh Post

30 May 2008

Cycle your way to cheaper living

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh


s the price of gasoline is skyrocketing, many Cambodians have thought about ways to cut the cost of travel by using other alternative means of transport.

I have personally decided to cycle to work a few times a week. In so doing, I am able to save some money I would spend on gasoline to cover the rising price of food.

Walking or riding a bicycle is also good for health. Continue reading

Dith Pran, survivor of Cambodian horror, faces cancer with serenity
March 20, 2008, 3:14 am
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Dith Pran, survivor of Cambodian horror, faces cancer with serenity

BY JUDY PEET Star-Ledger Staff (New Jersey, USA), Wednesday, March 19, 2008


The world knows him as a powerful voice for the ghosts of the Cambodian Killing Fields, but Dith Pran speaks barely above a whisper now.

The man who survived starvation, torture and Pol Pot’s murderous children’s brigade is now fighting a new war from a hospital bed in New Jersey. This time the enemy is even more relentless: pancreatic cancer.

Friends and family say that if anyone can win this battle, it is Pran, 65, once described as a survivor “in the Darwinian sense,” whose story was the basis for the Academy Award-winning 1984 movie, “The Killing Fields.” Continue reading

Mud houses give shelter to Svay Rieng’s poor
December 26, 2007, 1:42 am
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Mud houses give shelter
to Svay Rieng’s poor

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

            Banteay Kraing, Svay Rieng: In 1936, Pailin’s heart of love was revealed when Cambodian writer Nhok Them published his novel The Rose of Pailin that tells the story of two lovers: Chao Cheth and Khun Neary.

In the then gem-rich town on the Thai border, an impoverished young man, Chao Cheth, was lucky enough to marry Khun Neary, the daughter of a millionaire, despite the fact that they were from different social classes.

Five hundred kilometers away on the Vietnamese border, the residents of Banteay Kraing village say Chao Cheth would not have been so lucky had he been born here. His advances might well have been rejected had he lived in a mud house and wanted to marry a girl from a large wooden house with a tiled roof. Continue reading