Don Bosco’s teacher died in traffic accident

Cheang Ren

Cheang Ren

Dear friends, I am saddened to report that Teacher Ren, 24, Manager of the Hotel Sections at the Don Bosco Technical School Kep, passed away this morning at 02:00 AM of March 2, 2014 at Kep Commune. Teacher Soon of the front office section survived the tragic accident. They were returning with other teachers to Don Bosco, four of them in two motorbikes. Teacher Henglay and Teacher Sela were at the other motorbike. It seems they were going on a high speed. Teacher Soon was driving when his motorbike left the road in a bend meeting a tree. Teacher Soon was ejected several meters while Teacher Ren suffered the biggest impact and was found near the motorbike.

Teacher Henglay returned immediately in his own motorbike and they found both of them in a very serious state and bloody. Teacher Lay returned to Don Bosco to take a car, while Teacher Sela stayed with them. Sela reported that Ren died in his arms. In the beginning they thought that Soon died because this last one did not give signs of life. Both were brought to Kep Hospital that sent them to Kampot Hospital.

The doctor at Kampot Hospital reported that Ren arrived dead, while Soon was in a very delicate state. At 03:00 AM I arrived to the Hospital with Teacher Ratanak. I saw Teacher Soon in a very serious condition, but alive and conscious. His arms completely broken. The doctor said he had little hope to survive. His family in Sihanoukville asked by phone to bring him to Hatien, Vietnam, that is just at the border.

Teacher Soon, 20, was brought in an ambulance with Teachers Tula and Ratanak. At 8:00 AM Teacher Tula called me from Vietnam saying that Soon was out of danger.

The body of Teacher Ren was sent to Sihanoukville, to his family and it is probably that his funeral will be this afternoon. Probably I will go to Sihanoukville this afternoon with all teachers.

During the weekdays I intend to celebrate a Mass at the school for his soul and the consolation of all of us, especially his family.

We are going to miss Ren, a very dedicated person, he was giving a lot life to the hotel sections. Recently he assisted to the wedding of his sister and he was the only male of his family.

I request from all of you prayers in this difficult moment for our community of Don Bosco Kep and the Don Bosco Hotel School in Sihanoukville and for the full recovery of Soon who still at the hospital in Hatien, Vietnam.

The funerals of Ren will be on Monday, March 3, at Wat Kraom, Sihanoukville at 9AM.

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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).

4 responses to “Don Bosco’s teacher died in traffic accident”

  1. Marcelo S. says :

    Estimado Albeiro,
    Mis mas sinceras condolencias. Comparto el pesar de todo el equipo de Don Bosco.
    Saludos y bendiciones,
    Marcelo Soriano

  2. Arjay R.J. Stevens says :

    Dear Albeiro,

    I didn’t want to give your moving report a “like” since it is both so dramatic and sad. I feel very sorry for the young men’s parents, families and all friends and yourself. It is so tragic especially since you always took care so much and even wrote about the Cambodian traffic problems in concern.

    Deeply moved I feel with you! Take my hugs, Arjay.

    I see Cambodia! schrieb: > WordPress.com > Albeiro Rodas posted: ” Dear friends, I am saddened to report that > Teacher Ren, 24, Manager of the Hotel Sections at the Don Bosco > Technical School Kep, passed away this morning at 02:00 AM of March 2, > 2014 at Kep Commune. Teacher Soon of the front office section survived > the ” >

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