Cambodia

    Cambodians Somberly Mark Independence Day

    Hundreds of people gathered at Independence Monument in Phnom Penh on Friday to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Cambodia’s independence from France.

    Cambodian students wave their national flags during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 59th Independence Day from France, at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng SinithCambodian students wave their national flags during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 59th Independence Day from France, at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith
    x
    Cambodian students wave their national flags during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 59th Independence Day from France, at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith
    Cambodian students wave their national flags during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 59th Independence Day from France, at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith
    Heng ReaksmeyVOA Khmer
    PHNOM PENH - Hundreds of people gathered at Independence Monument in Phnom Penh on Friday to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Cambodia’s independence from France.

    King Norodom Sihamoni, still in mourning at the death of his father, Norodom Sihanouk, did not attend the ceremony. Sihanouk is widely credited with bringing Cambodia through its independence without violence. He died in Beijing Oct. 15, and his body is now lying in state at the Royal Palace.

    The death of the former king, widely revered in the country, cast a somber mood on the celebration.

    The ceremony was presided over by National Assembly President Heng Samrin, at Independence Monument in the capital. Prime Minister Hun Sen did not attend the ceremony, which included the lighting of a “victory flame” at the base of the monument that will burn for the next three days.

    Marn Dollar, a 22-year-old student of agriculture, said the ceremony was a day of sadness for him, due to the death of Sihanouk.

    “I told my children to remember the king father and what he has done for the nation,” said Ket Phana, a 54-year-old civil servant from the Ministry of Rural Development, who joined the anniversary celebrations.

    40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

    Click on the photo to go to special page.

    Click on the photo to go to special page.

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Iraqi Refugee Family Finds Success with Cambodia Restauranti
    X
    28 January 2016
    Instead of fleeing to neighboring countries or heading to Europe, like many other Iraqis, the Fahram family made the unusual decision to make a new life for themselves in Cambodia. Today, together with his wife Muna and his five sons,  Hashim Fahram runs the Taste of Middle East in Phnom Penh. Marta Kasztelan has this report.

    English with Mani & Mori

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)i
    X
    03 November 2014
    You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
    Video

    Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

    You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
    Video

    Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

    You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
    Video

    Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

    You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
    Video

    Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

    You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
    Video

    Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

    You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
    See more >>>