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KI-Media2 KI Media Cambodia: WFP Helps Children Dream

30 April, 2012

30 Apr 2012
Source: Content partner // World Food Programme

Since time immemorial, it has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Mothers say eating a healthy meal in the morning helps improve one’s performance in school. But what exactly is the impact of WFP School Meals on lives of students like Thien Seng So in Cambodia?

KAMPONG CHHNANG – “When I am older, I want to become a doctor so I can help the poor in my community. I believe I can do it if I continue to focus on my studies,” saysThien Seng So confidently. Thien is a girl in fifth grade from Krang Sramar Primary School in Kampong Chhnang province, in Cambodia.

Thien and her three younger siblings live with their 60 year-old grandmother. Illiterate, landless, and indebted, her parents migrated to Thailand to find work in plantations two years ago. Her eldest sister had to drop out from school at the age of 15 to follow her parents in search for work.

“My grandmother is a widow and could not find work, so she was dependent on what little money my parents sent from time to time to feed us. But there were months when they could not send money. Those months were bad as we had little to eat but the hardest thing for me was going to school on an empty stomach“, she narrates.

The risk that Thien would drop out of school was high due to her difficult living conditions. But when WFP’s School Meals Programme started in her school two years ago, Thien realized she would have a chance to stay in school, learn and eat a good breakfast everyday. WFP School Meals provide a daily nutritious breakfast to more than 400,000 children in primary school. The breakfast includes rice, yellow split beans and fish, cooked with vegetable oil and iodized salt. It serves as an incentive for vulnerable children such as Thien to enroll in school, attend class regularly and complete their education. Since Thien started receiving breakfasts in school, she no longer has to worry about getting hungry in the middle of the school day, which means she can stay focused on her classes. “I can now fully concentrate on my studies,” she proudly claims.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Cambodia Hosts Forum On Ways To Raise Rice Output, Exports

30 April, 2012

PHNOM PENH, April 30 (Bernama) — Experts from Cambodia and international organisations gathered at a forum here Monday to discuss the current status of rice research and development and to evaluate the country’s challenges in rice production and export, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Cambodian Rice Research Forum was organised by Rice Research Institute(IRRI) and Cambodia’s Agriculture Ministry with the support of the Australian government.

The event created a discussion platform between international scientists with national scientists, development partners and various stakeholders to assess rice research and production through identification of key challenges facing the Cambodian rice industry and common solutions to accelerate the country’s development of rice sector.

Minister of Agriculture Chan Sarun said Cambodia’s rice output is about 3.2 tons per hectare last year, still low compared to 5.3 tons of neighbouring Vietnam and 3.5 tons of Laos.

“I am confident that the forum will find inputs to increase rice production in the country,” he said.

The forum would offer an opportunity for various stakeholders to exchange views on achieving Cambodia’s goal of exporting at least 1 million tons of milled rice in 2015.

Penny Richards, ambassador of Australia to Cambodia, said the forum was an important way of disseminating key findings from existing research as well as prioritising future research necessary to support the Cambodian government’s goal of exporting 1 million tons of milled rice per year by 2015.

Chan Sarun said the country produced some 8.8 million tons of rice last year, with about 4 million tons of rice available for exports this year.

In August 2010, the government adopted a rice export promotion strategy aimed at raising rice exports to 1 million tons by 2015. However, old post-harvesting technology and lack of capital prevented the country from raising its rice exports.

Cambodia needs some 350 million U.S. dollars to invest in hi-tech post harvest technology and purchase paddy rice from farmers to achieve its target for rice exports.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Clean Business is Cambodia’s salvation

30 April, 2012

Monday, 30 April 2012
Stuart Alan Becker
The Phnom Penh Post

Business is the most important activity for the Cambodian people. The government does not have the resources to support the 14.8 million people who live in this small, unique country and the multi-national corporations that come here are legally obligated to their shareholders to make profits.

So what’s available to help poor Cambodians improve their lives? Business.

If you look around at the faces of Cambodians who survived the Khmer Rouge period you can see there’s no nostalgia for communist terror and mass killing. There’s only gratefulness to be alive and have a chance to rebuild the family, get a motorcycle or a car, have a nice place to live and send the kids to school.

The importance of business cannot be overstated. I’m not talking about capitalism as an ideology nor am I promoting greed.

What I’m talking about and what I’m promoting is a spirit of service to others. Many successful Cambodian businessmen you see today stated out with nothing.

They came to Phnom Penh from the province, stayed in a pagoda, went to school, started repairing bicycles, got a job somewhere and slowly, by degrees, they made something from nothing.

We plan to feature those rags to riches stories in the business pages. They saw what was possible and they created a way to serve other people. They sat with a few tools by the side of the road and repaired bicycles and motorcycles for whoever passed by.

Whether it was a car wash, a restaurant, an internet shop, or a cart full of fresh coconuts, this spirit of Cambodian entrepreneurship dates back tens of thousands of years.

If you were a farmer in the Angkor period, you had to get your bananas and mangos to the marketplace so you could trade them for the things you and your family needed, clothing and shoes, tools and medicine.

The principles of business, getting up early and getting your product to market on time, were true a thousand years ago and they’ll be true a thousand years from now.

This is the spirit that needs to catch on here in Cambodia, more clearly, more sharply.

The same spirit is also true in the news business and Cambodia is a gold mine of stories. Everywhere you look are men and women who survived the hardships of the past, have taken the risk to lease premises, open shops, get inventory and hang up a sign.

We’re going to increase the amount of local stories in Business Post and create an atmosphere of rewarding entrepreneurship. We’re going to offer stories to our readers about how people here in Cambodia have overcome obstacles and hardships to triumph in business.

They saw a market and they created it by their vision. That’s not only inspiring; it is also instructive.

By reading these stories, ideas may be gained of how others did it. This can be very inspiring and enriching.

We have both the Post English and the Post Khmer as instruments of this universal entrepreneurial spirit.

If you know of a good story, rags to riches, or somebody who has had the guts and taken the risk to offer something new to the Cambodia population, send me an email at

We’re out to create an atmosphere for business of all kinds to flourish in Cambodia. We are going to do this by rewarding entrepreneurship with publicity.

We’re going to promote not only local Cambodian entrepreneurship but also foreign investment.

We take a stand in favour of business as the most logical means of enriching the lives of Cambodian citizens and therefore when people come from all over the world with their money to invest in Cambodia we reward them too, with stories about their projects in our business pages.

Foreign or local, male or female, big or small, risk-taking business people are what the Business Post is all about.

In this manner we keep the public informed of what’s happening and we show real people who started out with little or nothing and overcame hardships in order to serve their customers.

We love and support the spirit of service to others.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Evidentiary Hearing in Case 002 | April 30, 2012

30 April, 2012

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KI-Media2 KI Media Pol Pot Nephew Recounts His Own Fears of the Regime

30 April, 2012
Saloth Ban

Monday, 30 April 2012
Kong Sothanarith, VOA Khmer | Phnom Penh

“Pol Pot was an absolutist.”

As leader of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot showed no favoritism toward any of his family and no one was safe from the regime’s terror, his nephew told the UN-backed tribunal Monday.

Saloth Ban, 67, told the court in testimony that he had lived in fear of the “terrifying” regime as secretary general of its foreign ministry, and so had the minister, Ieng Sary, a man now on trial for atrocity crimes.

“I was worried about danger to me and to my family, my parents,” he said. “I had such fear, and I think others had bigger fear than me.”

Saloth Ban is testifying in the atrocity trial of Ieng Sary, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who all three stand accused of crimes that include genocide, for their leadership of the Khmer Rouge.

Pol Pot was an absolutist, Saloth Ban said, and no one was safe in his regime. Pol Pot’s oldest sister-in-law, Khieu Thirath, was killed in a Khmer Rouge security center, he added.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Promise of Riches Lures Many to ‘Forest of Gold’

30 April, 2012

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KI-Media2 KI Media Promise of Riches Lures Many to ‘Forest of Gold’

30 April, 2012
In their search, however, the miners expose themselves to the risks of dust, mercury and other chemicals used to purify gold. (Photo: by Say Mony)

Monday, 30 April 2012
Say Mony, VOA Khmer | Ratanakkiri province, Cambodia

“It’s up to luck.”

Poor villagers are increasingly looking for gold in a remote province of Cambodia following the recent skyrocketing price of the precious metal. But in their rush to find this buried fortune, they are at great risk of dangerous chemical exposure and malaria.

Phon Pheak and a few of his family members came to dig for gold here in Phnom Pang mountain in the village Prey Meas, or Forest of Gold, some 90 kilometers from Ratanakkir province’s Banlung city, with the international price of gold continuing its ascent.

The 24-year-old man, from Oyadav district, about 30 kilometers away, says he’s looking for gold to support his family back home.

“On lucky days, we could get get 1 gy,” or about 3.8 grams, he told VOA Khmer recently. “On other days, just 4 or 5 hun,” about 1.9 grams, “or even just 1 hun on unlucky days.”

Miners here say hundreds of families from various regions in the province have come to the area since last year, seeking their fortune in gold rather than farming.

“It’s up to luck,” said Hu Chhun, another miner. “We just keep digging. Sometimes we get a lot, sometimes less. It’s uncertain; it lies underground.”

In their search, however, the miners expose themselves to the risks of dust, mercury and other chemicals used to purify gold. They are also exposed to malaria.

“There’s a lot of malaria here,” said Hu Chhun. “And now the season for the disease.”

Pen Bunnar, local coordinator for the rights group Adhoc, said Cambodia needs institutions to train would-be miners “and make sure they are well aware of the impacts resulting from their mining activities.”

However, local officials say the mining is in fact illegal and is destroying the environment. Better for the villagers to stay at home, they say, and farm.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Activist’s Son Wants Justice for Father’s Death

30 April, 2012

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KI-Media2 KI Media សប្បុរសជនដែលបានជួយឧបត្ថម្ភដល់ គ្រួសារ លោក ឈុត វុទ្ឋី នៅថ្ងៃទី៣០ មេសា ២០១២

30 April, 2012

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KI-Media2 KI Media Committee To Investigate Environmentalist’s Shooting -A committee to invent more lies?

30 April, 2012
Photo: by Say Mony

Monday, 30 April 2012
Reporters, VOA Khmer | Phnom Penh

“I would like to request both the international and national communities find justice for my patriotic father.”

The Cambodian government says it will establish a joint committee to investigate the killing of environmentalist Chut Wutty and a military policeman last week.

Military police commander Sao Sokha told VOA Khmer on Monday the committee will include officials form the ministries of the Interior and Justice, as well as the Council of Ministers and the military police.

Chut Wutty, 48, and two local journalists had been investigating illegal logging at a remote area in the province when they were stopped by security forces who demanded their cameras.

Shots were fired after a lengthy argument between Chut Wutty and the officials, who appeared to be military policemen. Chut Wutty was ultimately fatally wounded along with the military policeman, In Ratana.

Authorities had said last week that In Ratana had fatally shot Chut Wutty then turned the gun on himself, but witnesses say he was shot twice in the chest, making that unlikely.

Sao Sokha said the investigation will uncover the “real situation” behind the shooting, but he did not have details to when the investigation would begin.

Chut Wutty’s son, Cheuy Oudom Reaksmey, said he did not believe the killer was In Ratana, or than In Ratana had shot himself twice, and he called for a full investigation to bring the killer to justice.

“I would like to request both the international and national communities find justice for my patriotic father,” the son said Friday, as he wept. “He’s well known in Cambodia, so please find him justice, find the real killer.”

Chut Wutty was the director of the Natural Resource Protection group and had acted as an environmental advocate and researcher. He had been sharply critical of government officials and military forces engaged in deforestation.

I conclude that the shooting of Wutty was to shut him up by businessmen and powerful people who are doing business in the central Cardamom forest, because he was once arrested there,” said Chhim Savuth, a project coordinator with the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, who worked closely with Chut Wutty on educating forest communities about their rights to protest their land.

Chut Wutty had been threatened in the past, but he could not be stopped, nor bribed, said Marcus Hardtke, a program coordinator for ARA, a German conservation group that supported Chut Wutty’s work.

Hardtke said the “biggest tragedy” would be for others “not to stand up, not to speak up,” he said. “It would be the opposite of what he wanted. People should take him as an example. We need a few thousand Chut Wuttys now in Cambodia.”

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