Unicef and the Cambodian government have launched a campaign to promote better health for children and newborns. The campaign will focus on Phnom Penh, as well as the provinces of Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Kratie, Stung Treng, Mondolkiri, Ratanakkiri and Preah Vihear—which have the highest rates of child mortality.
The NGOs and rights groups say the bill, which is being debated by parliament and is supported by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, is unnecessary and will potentially hamper the work of thousands of NGOs in the country, while acting as a tool to curtail government criticism.
About fifty Cambodian-Americans in the Washington, DC area on Friday, April 17, 2015, held a candle vigil for those who died under the Khmer Rouge regime and to mark the 40th anniversary of the notorious takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.
Cambodian-Americans this weekend welcomed the Year of the Goat. At the Wat Kampuchea Krom temple in Nokesville, Virginia, Cambodian residents celebrate the Khmer New Year with others from the community with Buddhist chanting, music, dance, fellowship and offerings of Cambodian food. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports from the temple, located in the greater metropolitan area of Washington DC.