Appeal for humanitarian aid in Poipet migrants


Cambodian migrant workers deported by the Thair Military Junta in Poipet. Photo Seun 06.18.2014

Caritas Cambodia is leading a campaign to attend the humanitarian crisis caused by the Thai Military Junta with the deportation of thousands of Cambodian workers, legal and illegal. So far, last June 14 Saturday, there were 100,000 migrant workers deported; last June 15 Sunday, 27,000 more crossed the border. It is expected that there will be 25,000-30,000 deportees per day just in Poipet border alone.

The government has been sending only 150 trucks to Poipet, but in reality only 120 in number. They are not enough to transport every day the deported workers to their respective province.

The deportees are struggling to look for food, water and transportation. Delay in transport exposes them, especially women and children to the changing weather conditions.

Don Bosco Cambodia offers already the campus of Don Bosco Poipet as a temporary shelter, thinking especially in women and kids.

Caritas assessed the population on June 18 establishing that there 7% were children and 34% were women, many with pregnancy.

IOM provides 27 buses, WVC mobile latrines, Samaritan Purse 34,000 packs of rise, CWCC 10 dollars to pregnant women and transport for persons with small kids.


– Provide food and drinking water for those who wait in Poipet.
– Transport.
– Temporary shelters.
– Volunteers.

Those who want to provide any of these things through Don Bosco Kep in Kep and Kampot provinces, please send things to Don Bosco Kep. We are going to prepare the transport of any good to Don Bosco Poipet to a proper distribution of those more in need, especially children and pregnant women. Tomorrow we are sending a team from the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund to assess the situation and produce a newest report.

You can approach the Don Bosco Kep campus, email us ( or call to 097.371.2020.

Thanks for any intention to join this appeal to support Cambodians in this difficult moment.


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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, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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