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US Initiative Helps Chams Retain Language and Culture

  • VOA Khmer

A US-funded cultural preservation project among Cambodia’s Cham Muslims has helped students learn to read and write in their traditional language and script. Some Cham are increasingly looking toward Arabic countries and organizations for support. And while this has caused some worry that the culture and some of its half a million people could fall under the influence of extremist groups, US Embassy officials say the project is not directly a counter-terrorism effort. (VOA Khmer Say Mony reports from Kampong Chhnaing)