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U.S. First Lady Encourages School Girls in Siem Reap, Visits Angkor

US First Lady Michelle Obama arrived with Cambodian first lady Bun Rany at Hun Sen Prasat Bakong Hight School, around 40 Kilometer outside of Siem Reap town, Saturday, March 21, 2015, to promote her “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

22 March 2015
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia's famed Ankor Wat temple where she spoke Saturday at a Peace Corps training event and also met with a group of girls at a school on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The visit is part of a two-nation trip meant to highlight a new global women's education initiative. More

Video First Lady Michelle Obama Begins Cambodia Tour

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived Friday in Cambodia for a three-day visit to promote girls’ education.

Video U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama Arrived in Siem Reap

US First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Friday night, as part of her two-nation Asian trip to promote education for girls. VOA Khmer reports.

Video A Land Victim Lost Land And Leg

Indigenous communities in Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life.

First Lady’s Visit Could Inspire Attitude Change, Lawmaker Says

In Cambodia, girls face poverty, corruption and traditions that keep them at home or de-prioritize learning, especially compared to boys.

Major Cambodian ‘Magic Flute’ Opera in the Works

“The Magic Flute” will be a unique operatic performance, held in 2017 at the Chau Say Tevoda temple in Siem Reap.

Despite Law, Domestic Violence Remains a Major Problem

Domestic violence remains a prevalent problem in post-war Cambodia, with more than 20 percent of men reportedly committing physical violence against women, according to the rights group Licadho.

Video Ancient Cambodians Used Jars to Keep the Remains of the Dead

Around 600 years ago, the people living in the remote Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia placed the bones of their dead in large jars on steep ledges hidden deep in the jungle.

Photogallery Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.

Photogallery Photographer Captures Cambodia’s Rapid Changes

Axelrod says the building boom during the past seven years has not benefited all segments of society, especially those from poor communities often evicted from desired real estate.

North Korean Disabled Teens Take Rare Performance Tour to Europe

The students aged between 11 and 20 will be performing “Arirang,” a well-known Korean folk song and the music of a musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Unclaimed Urns Moved To Shelves, Search for Families Continues

Some 500 urns are now listed, with dates from 1970 to 1990.

Many of Cambodia’s Cham Muslims Condemn ISIS Brutality

VOA Khmer recently spoke with Eng Kok-Thay, author of “From the Khmer Rouge to Hambali: Cham Identities in Global Age,” to find out how Cambodian Muslims, or Cham, view ISIS and their latest actions.

Photogallery Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.

Cambodian Muslims Worry as Tensions Climb in Middle East

Cambodian Muslims say even though they are far from the region and its strife, they remain concerned for the spread of violence.

Video Western Influence Waning in Cambodia, Author Says

Cambodia’s political balance has turned away from the international community, especially as the impoverished nation receives increasing assistance from China, an author says.

New Book on Khmer Rouge Jungle Redoubt Out This Month

Dy Khamboly is the senior researcher at the center and the co-author of the book. He said the book aims to be the starting point for former Khmer Rouge cadres and their victims to better understand one another.

Photogallery India Battles Challenge of Shrinking Habitat for Big Cat

In effort to protect tigers, authorities have launched a program to relocate villages in sprawling habitat

Thailand Defends Care for Children in Controversial Surrogacy Case

At least 15 babies were allegedly fathered by a wealthy 24-year-old Japanese businessman, Mitsutoki Shigeta

Audio New Book Looks at Modern Cham Muslims

A new book, “From the Khmer Rouge to Hambali: Cham Identities in Global Age” by Eng Kok-Thay, research director at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, examines that struggle.

Campaign Aims To Bring Cambodian Rockers to New York

The film chronicles the golden age of Cambodian rock, before the country fell to the Khmer Rouge, which killed many musicians.

American Writer Tells Story of Cambodian ‘Women on the Rise’

Anne Elizabeth Moore, a feminist writer and artist, spent about four months living and working with young Cambodian women in a dormitory in Phnom Penh.

Video Filmmaker Takes on Culture of Rape and Sexual Assault

Cambodian-American filmmaker Caylee So is at work on a film that looks at the culture of rape and sexual assault—taboo subjects in Cambodia, despite their prevalence. “Invisible Dance,” a fictional story, tackles assault in both Cambodian and US communities.

In Bethlehem, Christmas Eve Scuffle Caps Tense Year

Shoving match breaks out between marching band and police during holiday celebrations

Video Cambodia Potteries Improved And Meet Big Demand

The ancient Kingdom of Angkor once created pottery fit for kings, but the artisan skills have declined through the centuries.

Scholar Researching Life in Cambodia’s Deaf Community

Erin Moriarty Harrelson, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at American University, is one of the five researchers who received a Fullbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship this year. She is now in Cambodia, working to document the lives of deaf people in rural areas.

Video Former Japanese Journalist Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Cambodia

A former Japanese reporter is doing her part in the fight against human trafficking in Cambodia by publishing comic books and distributing them for free in and around Cambodia.

Video Trash Picker Joins Circus, Becomes Star

A new documentary describes how art has transformed two impoverished Cambodian children and a musical group, “The Messenger” into famous artists. VOA Khmer's Moryvan Ly interviewed one of them, Phounam Pin, a circus artist who uses her amazing performance skills to change her life and to heal others

Video A Student Killed in Firework Mishap in King's Coronation Ceremony

Thousand of people gathered in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday October 29 to attend a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, unfortunately a student were killed and seven were injured in the firework mishap. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer

Retired Musician Still Has Songs To Share

Recently, the 78-year-old smiled as he sang to welcome a VOA Khmer reporter for an interview.

Police File Charges Against Woman for Temple Vandalism

Police say that on Oct. 9, Willemijn Vermaat, 40, spent the night in the Bayon Temple illegally and subsequently knocked over a 12th-century statue there.

Authorities Mull Legal Action for Accused Temple Vandal

Willemijn Vermaat, 40, was briefly detained the following morning, before the statue was found knocked over, and she appears to have left the country.

Video Crowd Gathers To Honor Former King’s Legacy

More than 1,000 people, including monks and students, gathered Wednesday in front of the Royal Palace to mark the second anniversary of the passing of former king Norodom Sihanouk.

Vandalism Suspected at Famed Bayon Temple of Angkor Wat

The statue, in Bayon Temple, was found tipped over, while a New Zealand woman who sneaked into the temples one night last week is suspected, police say.

Video African Filmmaker in Texas Explores Cultural Issues

Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants as well as important issues back in Africa. VOA’s Greg Flakus has this report from Houston.

Video In Sweden, Laws on Gay Rights Have Changed Faster Than Attitudes

VOA Khmer’s Say Mony recently visited Sweden, where gay marriage has been legal since 2009. In Stockholm, he finds, the struggle is much the same, but increasingly people are coming out to demand equal rights. Reporting with the support of the Swedish Institute.

Monks Arrested for Serious Crimes During Spiritual Holiday

Two monks and four laymen were arrested at a pagoda in Siem Reap province over the holiday, accused of drinking alcohol and using drugs.

Video Now a Successful Fair-Trade Business Is Making Luxury Fabric From the Lotus' Stems

Lotus flowers are a symbol of divinity and purity in many Asian countries, and the plants grow wild in many parts of Cambodia. Now lotus' stems are made into luxury fabric. AP has this report from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In Gay-Friendly Stockholm, Old Stigmas Remain

To open more minds, Sweden has Pride parades every year, drawing tens of thousands of participants.

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Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victimsi
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26 March 2015
On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia's notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979, where they were tortured and then executed by Pol Pot's murderous regime. Although many have welcomed the memorial, one aspect of it has proven controversial. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.

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