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Cambodia’s poor caught in microfinancing vise

Yon Sineat


As everyday Cambodians strive to improve their lot in the developing Southeast Asian nation, not everyone is comfortably navigating the journey to prosperity.
 
Tales have become commonplace of poor people falling prey to ruthless moneylenders, most recently focused on the business practices of microfinance institutions (MFIs).
 








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Death of Khmer Rouge leader does little for justice

Ate Hoekstra
 
Dul Hab will always remember the day his father disappeared.
 
“The Khmer Rouge soldiers tied his hands and took him away. Even now we don’t know where they killed him, but we do know that they did it because he was a district official,” the 64-year-old said, speaking from his home in Koh Kong, southwestern Cambodia.
 








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Khmer Rouge leaders consigned to dustbin of history

Twenty-five years ago, few thought the genocidal leaders of the Khmer Rouge would ever be tried for war crimes. Pol Pot and his lieutenants lived freely in the remote northwest of Cambodia, indulged by the United Nations (UN) and Cold War allies, and despised by survivors of their brutal regime.
 
Public opinion began to shift only after the last shots rang out at the end of 30 years of war and a transition to peace began, slowly at first with Cambodians haunted by their tragic past.








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Deported to a place they never called home

Eight years ago, Buck Billy arrived in Cambodia, a country he had never seen before. Even though it’s where his parents were born, considering the Southeast Asian nation as home hadn’t crossed his mind for a single moment. For him, home was Philadelphia in the United States (US), at least for the first 26 years of his life.
 








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Couple commissioned for mission in Cambodia

HONG KONG (SE): A married couple, Jonathan Yim Chi-ngai and Katherine Cheung Yu, were commissioned to go to Cambodia with the Hong Kong Catholic Lay Missionary Association by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, at a Mass celebrated in the church of their parish of the Annunciation on June 12.

The couple signed a three-year contract with the lay mission association and are the first married couple ever to go on foreign mission under its auspices.

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Rock of rebuilding in Cambodia mourned

PHNOM PENH (UCAN): One of the rocks in the rebuilding of the Catholic community in Cambodia after the ruthless destruction and bloodshed of the Khmer Rouge regime, Bishop Emile Destombes, died in Phnom Penh on January 28 at the age of 80.

A member of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, Bishop Destombes was sent to Cambodia in 1964, little aware as a 29-year-old of the lifelong commitment he would make to the country.

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Landmark Youth Day for Cambodia and Laos

PHNOM PENH (SE): What may be regarded as a run of the mill youth gathering in Hong Kong takes on an entirely different meaning in Cambodia and Laos.

In what is a big breakthrough in countries where any gatherings of more than five people are frowned on by the authorities, more than 100 young people gathered at three different locations in Cambodia under the sponsorship of the Episcopal Conference of Laos and Cambodia from August 10 to 16 to celebrate the first ever Youth Day in either country.

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