Monthly Archives: August 2010

‘Microphone’ bomb kills four Cambodians

A drunk Cambodian man accidentally detonated an old grenade that he was using as a pretend microphone, killing himself and three other men and wounding three women, police said Tuesday.

The rocket-propelled grenade, a remnant of the country’s decades of war, exploded on Sunday near a small gathering in Pursat province in western Cambodia, local police chief Pich Sopheap told AFP by telephone.

“The explosion occurred after a drunken man used an unexploded B-40 grenade as a microphone while he was singing and later hit it against a wooden stick,” said Pich Sopheap.

The blast killed the 30-year-old man and three male farmers instantly, and critically injured three women who were chatting nearby underneath a raised house, he said.

Cambodia, one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, is littered with unexploded ordnance from nearly three decades of civil war and the secret US bombing of the nation in the Vietnam War.

In May, five plantation workers were killed after their vehicle hit an old anti-tank mine in a former stronghold of the communist Khmer Rouge rebels.

Around 670 square kilometres (258 square miles) still needs to be cleared of explosives, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in February.

by: Dara Saoyuth
Edited by: Mr. Suy Se, Cambodian news correspondent for AFP, and AFP editors
This article is under AFP copyright

Civil Society Seminar on Human Rights

Press Release from the Seminar

Press Release from the Seminar

Over 140 persons join the Seminar on the Role of Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders this morning at Raffles Hotel conference venue. The participants representing local and international NGOs, the Cambodian Government, Embassies, international institutions and others that share human rights concerns.

A two-day seminar, which is organized by the European Union,  has a dual objective: First to enhance the EU-Cambodia official human rights dialogue by consulting with European and Cambodian civil society groups on human rights, and second simultaneously providing a space for free and constructive discussion between government and civil society in Cambodia.

To make everybody feel free to talk and to express thier views, Rafael Dochao Moreno, a delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia, said they don’t want statements made during the discussions to provide headlines for tomorrow’s newspapers.

Dominique Mas, the France ambassador in Cambodia, said during his welcome remark that the contibutions from participants are essential to help them conduct thier action in Cambodia, and understand the national context and the expectancies of thier partners.

For the European Union Delegation to Cambodia Website, Please Click Here
by: Dara Saoyuth

First Barcamp III Volunteers Meeting

Barcamp III started it’s first meeting with volunteers this afternoon since 3pm until 5pm. This first two hours meeting cannot enable all volunteers from various backgrounds to know each other well, but at least all of them know their positions and know who will be the leaders of their teams.

The best event can never be the best if it is lacked of good preparation, so hopefully it is not too late for Barcamp III since we have decided to start our first meeting from now on in order to discuss about the two day events which will be held from 25th to 26th September, 2010.

Barcamp III will be celebrated in the campus of University of Puthisastra (UP) after it was held at Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in 2008 and at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in 2009.

For more information, please visit BarCamp Phnom Penh website by Clicking Here
by: Dara Saoyuth

Surprising Trip to “Phnom Penh Evolution”

Walking about five minutes through a narrow street surrounded by old tall buildings and some small shops, we (Me and two other friends) started thinking that it wasn’t the place where our friend recommended us to go. Lots of eyes from some strange people standing on the sides of the road were staring on us like we were aliens from mysterious world and this made us more inconvenient in walking through.We felt more strange after we had arrived the spot because everything around us were not mentioned in our friend’s description and even the stairs connected from one floor to another were wet so that we had to be careful as we walked to the upper floors.

For me, it is hard to imagine that a lot of wonderful photos were showed in a small room in the second floor of an anarchy building, but it did. Actually, in a new painted room on that floor, there was 10 people inside already and there was a screening of some photos that will be showed in the upcoming photography exhibition at Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center. We are lucky to have chance watching the photos before someone else and learning some techniques of shooting photos from those photographers.

“Phnom Penh Evolution” is the photography exhibition on the ongoing transformation of Phnom Penh. All photos were shot by Cambodian photographers who have strong interest in social changing though some of them don’t have a modern camera to shoot it.

Below are the summaries of what each person have done (Taken from a poster given during the screening this afternoon):


… In 1979, Borei Kela was the former place where sportsmen lived; it was where people came to stay and build small huts that were affordable to live in. they started their living by growing vegetables and feeling fish, and hence, buildings were built in accordance with the development of the country…


… In the early 2000s, Phnom Penh became a booming city where the price of property sky rocketed. Hundreds of flats were built, and as a result, the city dwellers had to adjust to a new lifestyle. Now, Phnom Penh has become a city within an old one…

WRAPPED FUTURE, by: LIM Sokchanlina

… The memory of one particular place becomes surrounded by developing areas marked by the boards. A few persons know, but most of the people do not know exactly what will happen here. For myself, I am wondering too. Will there be a skyscraper? A park? Or a private area? Worry is mix with appreciation of what will happen to that particular area…


… Phnom Penh is the heart of Cambodia. This city became a paradise for me since I saw it for the first time, 18 years ago. I was choosing the subject concern “Phnom Penh’s street” so that I could focus on taking photos of the city’s streets…

The Photo Exhibition on Phnom Penh Evolution will open on Thursday, September 2nd 2010, at 6:30pm at Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
For Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center website Click Here
For more information about the exhibition Click Here
by: Dara Saoyuth

Voice of Vietnam representative office opens in Cambodia

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Illegal Drugs Confiscated in Cambodia

Various kind of drugs / by: Wikipedia

Various kind of drugs / by: Wikipedia

Cambodian police have seized nearly 13 million smuggled pills which contain an active ingredient for manufacturing millions of illegal drug tablets, they said on Wednesday.

The seizure of 12,864,000 pills, the country’s largest-ever bust of smuggled medicine, happened during a Sunday raid in a wherehouse in Cambodia’s northwestern town bordering Thailand, local police chief Hun Hean said.

The pills contain an active drug ingredient pseudoephedrine, a precursor for methamphetamine and amphetamine, Hun Hean told AFP by telephone, adding that a 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the pills.

Hun Hean said the crackdown took place hours after the man picked up the medicine from Cambodian-Thai border cross checkpoint in Poipet.

A health official told local media that the medicine could be used to produce two million to three million of illegal drug pills. Cambodia has become a popular trafficking point for narcotics, particularly metamphetamines and heroin, after neighbouring Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002.

by: Dara Saoyuth
Edited by: Mr. Suy Se, Cambodian news correspondent for AFP

Flash Flood Warning

Map of the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia / Source: Wikipedia

Map of the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia / Source: Wikipedia

Dear my visitors,

I just recieved a mail from one of DMC students about disaster in Cambodia.

Below is the original content in my inbox:  So pls everyone be careful and stay prepared with the disaster and inform to your relatives who live in province, epecially the family living along the Mekong river including Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kandal, Kampong cham, Kratie, Steoung Treng,,,,,….and ones living along Tonle Sap river…

Stay alert and prepared…..

Best regards,

To read the formal statement, go to the website of Mekong River Commission by clicking here

Posted by: Dara Saoyuth


Thaksin Resignation as Cambodian Government Advisor

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra / Source: Wikipedia

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra / Source: Wikipedia

Thailand former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, quit his job as an advisor to the Cambodian government on Monday, 9 month after he was appointed on 5th November last year. 

A royal decree signed by King Norodom Sihanmoni said Thaksin resigned from his positions as personal adviser to Prime Minsiter Hun Sen and economic adviser to the Cambodian governement. 

Accoding to a government statement, Thaksin requested for his resignation because of difficulties in fulfilling his duty.

by: Dara Saoyuth

Confrontation between Boeung Kak Lake and Security Forces

Cambodian riot police dispersed a group of  about 150 protesters after they hold thier protest in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house in Phnom Penh on Monday morning. All protesters are Boeung Kok Lake residents who are facing flooding and eviction.

Below are some photos and a short video clip I shoot during the protest and I’d like to share it with my beloved visitors.

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For anohter story related to the protest, please visit: Boeung Kak lake protest held

by: Dara Saoyuth


My first article at AFP

Cellphones help Cambodian students — to cheat is my first article to have released by Agence France-Presse (AFP), where I have spent my intern period. Though there are only a few people with me everyday here, I feel warm and I know that I have learnt a lot from them, especially about journalistic works. He (my editor) showed me techniqes of interviewing different sources for different stories and I always observe the way he interview people both on phone and face to face interview. Amazingly, he always be able to interview all kind of sources.

For my first article, I’d like to thank to Patrick Falby, the former AFP bureau chief for in Cambodia, that he accepted my story idea in the first day I came here. I also thank to Mr. Suy Se (I usally call bong Se since he’s still young), an AFP correspondent in Cambodia, who help me in editing and giving lots of comment about this story. Moreover, thank to Mr. Tang Chhin Sothy (I also call him bong Sothy because he’s still young), a professional photographer here, for shooting wonderful photos to suit with my article.

I am happy to know that some media organization have posted my article. To all my beloved readers who always support my blog, all of you can see the story by clicking on the link below:

Dara Saoyuth


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