These kids have never been to school and have no access to healthcare. Their mother had sold off her land in their previous home to provide them to visit a hospital as they are all sick. She could not pay off her debt and therefore fled with her children to this remote village. She now faces eviction as a rubber company takes the land. With no land, income or government support the future for these children is bleak.
Song composed and sung by Kosal
Oh my land, my farm
They aggressively invaded
They creep in all over
Without any compassion
With their power
They even kill
And sold all land,
to other companies
The forest far and near
They pull down and destroy
They’re hearts of a robber
Have no mercy
In their high status
In their sweet words
But their hearts are as dark,
as black magic
Seeing me in poverty,
Less charmed person.
They turn their back,
Use many manipulative influences
By not giving in
They remove by force
Pull down, demolish,
left only with sadness and tears.
To save the nation
Please save the lives
To release my soul
From a very deep ocean
So I can be alive
To live with my parents
And wish to live,
With happiness and peace.
Travelling to North west Cambodia with Cambodia National Rescue signs.
More photos on facebook picture/album
December 17, 2012
More than 11,000 signatures from inside and outside Cambodia were brought to the National Assembly today. None of MPs from the ruling party came to receive the people and their signed petition.
MPs from opposition greeted the people and brought the petitions inside the parliament in their own vehicles after the guards replied that they lost the key to the gate and none of the ruling party MPs failed to appear in front of the people.
Last week, the prime minister claimed : I do not have to listen to the U.N. envoy on human rights. I only listen to MPs and to the people.”
Democracy in Cambodia: work in slow process. In the words of the ruling party: development in the speed on a frog.
Democracy as development in Cambodia will leap forward, when the frog decides to do so. If the frog is in the bottom of the well, it may have to make a very high leap before it can get out of the well.
Radio Free Asia report in Khmer: http://www.rfa.org/khmer/indepth/land_victims_rally_infront_of_na-12172012045046.html
Photos of people’s activities in front of the parliament http://www.rfa.org/khmer/multimedia/rally_in_front_of_na-12172012052902.html
12th Annual Global Leadership Awards
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
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Parliamentary debate on 2013 national budget.
A 99-year land concession in Stung Treng was transferred illegally to another company at the cost of US$112 million.