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African travelers

African travelers can face many immigration difficulties out of their continent for many reasons and Asia, a region that should be friendly with everybody, it’s not properly an open doors’ path, becoming sometimes nasty. It’s true that many African travelers have been got with drugs in countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and some others have been arrested for online frauds in cooperation with local criminals. However, all those cases do not justify the evident discrimination at the moment to welcome a citizen from countries like Nigeria or Kenya.

Let us show how discriminatory some migration rules are in a country like Thailand with regards to Africans: The Bangkok jails are crowed with Australians, Frenchmen, British, Americans, Japanese guys, charged with crimes such as drug dealing, human trafficking, child abuse, online frauds… However, to the sight of any citizen from any of those “rich” countries, there is not the same hostile attitude as with any Nigerian arriving to a Thai airport. If we were so worry to stop Nigerians from introducing drugs, why you cannot apply the same too many conditions to citizens from all those “rich” countries? Of course, Australia, Britain… they provide much more money and belong to the “ideal lands” of the stupid dreamers. Many Thai and Cambodians do not know, for example, that Nigeria is their first consumer of the rice they produce (!) What do you think? That your exported rice is going to the selective French cuisines?

If you are an African traveler coming to Asia for tourism or business, as anybody in the world could do, get sure to collect all conditions and visas required by the different immigration system of these countries – the most demanding is Thailand, so far, but prepare yourself for other countries like Cambodia. In this link of the Thai embassy in UK, Nigerians, for example, can study the long list of conditions if they want to travel to the so called “country of the eternal smile…” (it seems smiling only to Europeans, but freezing on the face of Africans.)

Africans in Asia

Dedicated to all those good persons who suffer discrimination only for belonging to their country.

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Khmer Cultural Night at Kep

Kep City – Even a time of meditation, peace and silence needs some fun. If you are in Kep this month or anywhere near such as Kampot, take a shower of cultural events. The Don Bosco Kep campus holds the weekly Cultural Night every Saturday at 7:30 PM with a traditional Cambodian meal, based, of course, in sea food, where crab is the main dish. Five traditional dances performed by Don Bosco students will give you an idea of the ancient civilizations of the Khmer.

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Don Bosco students train for the traditional and millennial Apsara dancing.

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Kep 2017 Sea Festival

Kep City – Kep Province will be the “center” of Cambodia this Christmas. The already annual Sea Festival has its place in the smallest but interesting province of the Southeast of Cambodia. Each year the coastal provinces host the program that attracts hundreds of visitors, traders and artists. The event will take place on December 22-24 and will be inaugurated by Samdech Hun Sen on Saturday, December 23.

Cambodian men playing at the mangroves

Local Cambodian men playing volleyball at the Kep mangroves.

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The Threat of Garbage

It’s Khmer New Year B.E. 2561 and we should choose a better topic to celebrate here. But I refuse to go to the Kep Beach to see the many visitors from Phnom Penh for a reason: garbage. At this very moment, while all Cambodians celebrate the new year with all happiness and cheh, cheh, cheh… all Cambodian beautiful spots are target of thousands of plastic, empty bottles, polystyrene utensils, all, spread everywhere by the happy Cambodian families celebrating with joy and love the Khmer New Year. Garbage on the pagodas, garbage along the roads, garbage on beaches and garbage on the national parks… practically every single corner of the country where a good road can reach for their vehicles.

Garbage at the waterfall

The beautiful waterfall of Cathien in Ratanakiri… You can walk behind the waterfall, on ancient caves carved by the stream. But even here you find plastic bottles… The people who let them, surely enjoy the beauty of the place, but their mind was too short to understand that they could bring their garbage with them and they preferred to let them here…

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