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Man who opened orphanage jailed under pedophile charges

This report by Day Start in All Voices shows us the gravity of the problem of child abuse in Cambodia. The most worrying is the number of benefactors who send funds to any organization that claims to support vulnerable children. As we insisted, working in prevention must be an obligation of everyone: governments, NGOs, benefactors, social workers. Authorities, for example, should be more strict with anyone who come to Cambodia to found orphanages. Benefactors should be more strict in sending funds to organizations. Let’s read this report dated March 23:

‘A PAEDOPHILE in charge of an orphanage has been jailed for abusing the children he was caring for in Cambodia. Nicholas Griffin was arrested last October after leaving the UK in 2006 and setting up the Cambodia Orphan Fund in Siem Reap a year later. Griffin, 53 has been sentenced to two years for offences against children. One sentence was suspended.’ Read more on site…



The Occheuteal Pedestrian Beach opens

Sihanoukville — A kilometer pedestrian beach along Occheutel is the new feature in town this month. Works to complete it began early year and now it changes the face of the most popular beach in town. Read More…

How to locate yourself in Phnom Penh

Some recommendations for Spanish visitors to Cambodia (subtitles in English.)


Cambodians call foreigners as Barang, especially if they are gringos (North Europeans and North Americans.) But they assume that any Non-Asian person is a Barang. It corresponds in the Thai language to Farang. The origin is highly discuss but it is not derogative at all. It seems to come from Barangsaes (French or Français.) It is likely possible, because Khmer language did not have the phoneme F (now, thanks to the French influence, it has it.) It is also possible that Thai language was influenced by Khmer through the permanent cultural interaction between both countries. Read More…

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