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Cambodian Poet: “What doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”

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Download Poet Kosal Khiev has just return from representing Cambodia at the cultural event of this year’s Olympics. He was chosen to attend from 6,000 poets nominated from around the world.

Kosal spent most of his life as a refugee in the United States. His family fled the Khmer Rouge when he was a teenager.

It was there – in US prisons – that he learnt poetry.   He was deported to Cambodia last year and now writes poems to inspire young Cambodians.

Khortieth Him has his story.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 August 2012 10:47 )

Cambodia’s Free Children Hospitals in Danger

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Download Cambodia is in the middle of a dengue epidemic.

In the last six months 60 children have died from the disease. That is a 200 percent increase in number of cases compared to the same time last year.

And the Cambodian Ministry of Health is warning that it’s not over yet.

With 25 percent of the Cambodian population living on around a dollar a day paying for medical treatment is difficult.

But as Sorn Sarath reports a group of free hospitals for children is providing a lifeline to the poor but they are struggling.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 August 2012 16:53 )

Using Art to Fight Human Trafficking in Cambodia

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Download Cambodia’s Prum Anan Vannak thought he was going to earn big money working on a Thai fishing baot. Instead he was beaten, tortured, starved and paid nothing.

He is one of an estimated 100,000 Cambodians and Burmese who are sold into slavery in Thailand’s fishing industry every year.

Thailand is one of the world’s largest exporters of fish but it has a serious shortage of fishermen. Human traffickers have stepped in to fill the gap.

As Khortieth Him reports trafficking survivor Prum Anan Vannak is trying to educate people about the human trade through art. He was recently named as one of the world’s 10 anti-trafficking heroes by the United States.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 August 2012 11:51 )

Remembering Genocide in Pol Pot’s Home Town

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Download Cambodia has some of South East Asia’s most beautiful tourist sites – but also some of its darkest.

A short hour’s drive from the world-famous temple complex Angkor Wat, is Anlong Veng – the last stronghold of the murderous Khmer Rouge.

When they were in power they killed between one and two million civilians.

And they held out here until just a decade ago, when they finally surrendered to the government.

Now Cambodia’s government and the local residents are turning this place into a tourist attraction.

Correspondent Borin Noun is our guide today.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 August 2012 12:52 )

Cambodia’s Schools on Sick Leave

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Download Cambodia’s summer school holidays start early this year – to try and save students’ lives.

The Government has closed all kindergartens and primary schools in an effort to stop a deadly outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.

The illness has killed 56 children in the country so far.

Khortieth Him has more from Phnom Penh.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 July 2012 11:46 )
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