Two land rights activists have returned from Europe, where they asked for the EU Trade Commission’s help in solving Cambodia’s ongoing land disputes. Eang Vuthy, of Equitable Cambodia, and Heng Mom, an evictee of the Boeung Kak development site, traveled to Berlin and Brussels, where they outlined the problems that economic developments have brought to everyday Cambodians. Germany is a major donor to Cambodia, Eang Vuthy said. “And donors must work with the Cambodian government to prevent land-grab issues.” VOA Khmer’s Sok Khemera skyped with the two activists about the result of their visit.
What life under the Khmer Rouge regime is like? Over the years a number of the regime's survivors have written books describing their ordeals in words. Thirty three years later, one Cambodian director answers the question on the big screen. Chhay Bora wrote the story from his mother-in-law's experience, as an act of healing, he told Reasey Poch of VOA Khmer.
Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day in the US. It was a chance for volunteers to seek more Khmer-speaking voters across the country. In Long Beach, California, volunteers set up four stations to grab potential voters in hopes of improving the very low voter turnout rate of Cambodian Americans in Los Angeles County. The volunteers say Election Day, Nov. 6, is a chance for Cambodian-Americans to have their voices heard on a number of issues, and not just who will be the next US President. VOA Khmer’s Cheang Sophinarath has this report from Long Beach.