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The Phnom Tamao park now has a few water features peppered across the deforested land. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Cleared Phnom Tamao Forest Sculpted Into Park

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit has left the cleared area of Phnom Tamao forest after occupying it for about a month starting in August, seeming to transform a piece of the protected forest into an apparent park after a land giveaway controversy embroiled the area just three months ago. 

A person cycles past monkey cages at Vanny Bio Research in Pursat on November 21, 2022. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

‘I Pity Them’: Unease Inside the Monkey-Export Business

Workers at the Vanny Bio Research farm speak of X-rays to check newly arriving monkeys for airgun pellets and packing animals into crates for flights. It’s grueling work for under $200 a month to supply overseas laboratories with animals, they say.

Cham fishing boats are in the process of relocating from the tip of Phnom Penh's Chroy Changva peninsula on November 7, 2022, due to the upcoming Asean Summit. (Daniel Zak)

Asean Summit: Fishing Community Near Sokha Hotel Pushed Out

Off the banks of Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva peninsula, in the shadow of the famous Sokha Hotel, the ubiquitous fishing boats and sand dredgers have been replaced by military vessels, and local fisherpeople have been asked to temporarily clear the area with no compensation until the Asean Summit is over.

Racing boats pass under the Road 143 bridge during the Water Festival celebration in Kampong Speu's Chbar Mon city on November 7, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crowding, Chanting, Sinking at Prek Tnaut River for Water Festival

CHBAR MON CITY, Kampong Speu — Waters and spirits were high as the annual Water Festival boat races resumed after a two-year hiatus, bringing thousands to the banks of the Prek Tnaut river to watch competitors soar, or sink, through its currents.

A camera on a tripod. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Filmmaking Students Allege Sexual Harassment by Bophana Center Trainers

Female filmmaking trainees are speaking out about alleged sexual harassment at a Bophana Center training program — including inappropriate conversations on field trips and touching they felt uncomfortable with — saying they don’t want it to keep happening to other women.