Day 3 – Morning
Meeting with 50 rural youth from the party. Informed them of the power of the youth in the Arab world that brought down years of dictatorship. Only 5 of the youth gathered knew about social media but heard of the revolution in the Arab world. Of the 5, one of them young women spends US$5 a day on Internet, conversing with her 100+ friends on facebook.
We connected with Mr. Sam Rainsy on video conference, from Paris.
The youth could not imagine the power of Internet till they finished the 15-minute conversation with our leader.
It was an emotional 15-minute of conversation but a short moment that brought hope. The youth left, more determined than ever to fight for our exiled leader and for justice.
Who Killed Chea Vichea
The banned documentary film was screened at the party HQ for supporters . It will be shown the next weeks to a full audience in villages.
I received more requests for copies of the documentary.
The audience was extremely agitated by the brutality and lack of justice.
Walking through sewage – Urban town of Battambang
The rain brought a bit of freshness in the air but not so for the feet as we waded through flooded alleys through the small communities in the town of Battambang (my new constituency).
The conversation was around high cost of living and the need for better roads and sewage system. Majority of the urban poor are low ranking civil servants who live with less than US$75 a month. Women are food and vegetable vendors at the markets, making about US$2.50 per day.
SRP solution to salary increase for civil servants: eliminate corruption.
Solution for poverty reduction: free health public health care and education and other public services. Eliminate system of private markets. The government must provide free space for vendors in the rural areas, with proper facilities.
Got a vote from the hair dresser!
The end of the day allowed me to get myself cleaned up- got to the hair dresser in town and convinced her to register to vote and to vote for change. She is 28 years old and never registered to vote, including her sisters and brothers.
Went back to hotel and did a few minutes of exercise.
I have been living on noodles, bananas and mangoes!