A Khmer Experiment

Sihanoukville. Raquel Vásquez has a Business and Law degree from Carlos III University, now enrolled in a postgraduate program in Defense and Communications. From her original Spain, she has been in countries like India, Singapore, France, Israel and Cambodia. Cristina Trenas is a filmmaker with studies in economics and journalism in the same University, but also in Paris and Washington. These two brave Spaniard girls made the team of a… Cambodian Experiment !!!

Their mission is really original and it got the support of National Geographic. They are tracing the forced migration of Buddhist monks during the Khmer Rouge era. Buddhist monks, as most Cambodians, were not only assassinated, but also tortured or forced to join militias. Many of them escape to Vietnam, Thailand or other countries. What happened to those who migrated during those troublesome years? It is the question of Raquel and Cristina and they are running throughout Cambodia to interview witnesses.

On February they visited the schools of communication of Kep and Sihanoukville and some of the students became involve in the mission. They supported Raquel and Cristina by doing some interviews in Takeo, Kompot and Sihanoukville. They were even guests at our Don Bosco Talk program on February 14.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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