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Dossier June 2016

Poverty & Exploitation

The Cambodian people are, on average, very young, engaged in the difficult search for well being, ready to forget but can no longer ignore the tragedy they suffered. They are ready to implement concretely, within the limits determined by politics and social conventions, their desire for justice. With public life characterized by corruption and the…

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The Heritage of History

Having been subjected to one of the cruellest regimes of modern history, as well as the almost complete deletion of its history and traditions, modern-day Cambodia rightly considers itself to be the rightful heir of the great Khmer empire that, from the IX to the XIV century, succeeded in ruling most of continental South East…

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Cambodia. An uncertain future

The agreement published by Peking with four Asian countries on 23 April, has widened the split in the Association of South-Eastern Asia Nations (ASEAN) between the coastal countries involved in a territorial dispute with the People’s Republic of China on the South China Sea and others who are not only exposed to the territorial question…

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Religions and the Catholic Church

On 14 April, 1975, under the bombs that announced the approach of the victorious Khmer Rouge, Msgr. Joseph Chhmar Salas was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Phnom Penh. He was the first Cambodian bishop. Even though it was in ruins and prostrate, the local Church, heir to four centuries of missionary work, had to survive his…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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