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Activist Somaly Mam quits foundation amid claims she faked personal story

Cambodian activist Somaly Mam. Mam wrote in her 2005 memoir that she was sold into sexual slavery as a teenager by a man she called grandfather. Photograph: Mak Remissa/EPA Cambodian anti-sex trafficking activist Somaly Mam has resigned from her namesake foundation after a report questioned the credibility of her personal story of abuse. The Somaly

Cambodia culture

Cambodia culture

The bulk of the population of Cambodia- close to around 90-95%- are ethnic Khmers, although there are minorities consisting of hill tribes, ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese. A large percentage of the population is rural, and makes a subsistence living through agriculture. Whatever urban population there is, is concentrated in two main areas: the capital city

Snake Industry


Another unique industry in this region is the snake farm in the area of My Tho township. In 1977, Lt. Colonel Tran Van Duoc (Tu Duoc), a reptile enthusiast, created Dong Nam Snake Farm. Initially created strictly as a research site for medicinal uses of reptile venom, Dong Nam Snake Farm today is the largest

Life on the Mekong River


These simple, arch-shaped footbridges are usually built of uneven logs about 30cm to 80cm wide and have only a simple bamboo railing. They are suspended anywhere from 2m to 10m above the canals and connect tiny villages throughout the region to main roads. At first glance the bridges look more like makeshift scaffolding than a

Cambodian Wings

Cambodian Wings

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 tablespoon honey 5 teaspoons oyster sauce 1 teaspoon hot chili-garlic sauce (more is better) 1 1/2 lbs approx 10 chicken wings 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 stalk

Clothing retailers challenge Cambodian factory conditions

A Cambodian garment factory worker at a rally in 2013 demanding better pay and conditions. Photograph: Heng Sinith/AP Retailers including H&M, New Look and Zara owner Inditex are to meet the Cambodian government early next week to seek better treatment of clothing factory workers in the country. The meeting, which will also be attended by

Time seemingly stops on Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island in the sunset

Con Dao Island, about 97 nautical miles from Vung Tau City, is considered a beautiful pearl of Vietnam’s sea tourism and is endowed with smooth beaches shaded by evergreen trees, fresh air, clear blue water, primitive forests and abundant wildlife as well as its historical relics. Con Dao has about 16 islands in varied sizes

Scott Morrison questions status of refugees refusing move to Cambodia

The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, at a press conference in Canberra in February. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP Any refugee who refuses resettlement from Nauru to Cambodia should have their claims questioned, according to the immigration minister, Scott Morrison. He also rejects suggestions that a refugee deal could result in payments to corrupt politicians and officials in

Khmer Cuisine

Khmer Cuisine

Khmer Clothing Clothing in Cambodia is one of the most important aspects of the culture. Cambodian fashion is divided by the people’s differing castes and social classes. Cambodians traditionally wear a checkered scarf called a “Krama”. The “krama” is what distinctly separates the Khmer (Cambodians) from their neighbors the Thai, the Vietnamese, and the Laotians.

Refugee resettlement deal imminent, says Cambodia

Under the proposed deal, refugees transferred to Nauru would be resettled in Cambodia, one of the world’s poorest nations. Photograph: Department of Immigration/AAP A refugee resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia is imminent, with the Cambodian government preparing to send a memorandum of understanding back to the Australian government in “a few days”. The secretary