Society

Kickboxers Training to Clinch Competition at Cambodia SEA Games

Nav Srey Pov and other top kun khmer boxers are retraining in kickboxing as they prepare to compete at the Cambodia-hosted Southeast Asia Games next year. They must avoid attacks with their elbows or knees, and stop holding their opponents in clinches, as expectations rise in the country.

Three visitors, including foreigners, climb stairs near Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province on March 31, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Angkor Park Residents Told to Remove Unapproved Constructions

Roofs, kitchens, shacks and other extensions built unapproved on houses in the wider Angkor Archaeological Park area will need to be removed, Apsara Authority has told residents, some of whom believe they only have two days left to finish the removals.

Students return to the classroom at Phnom Penh’s Preah Sisowath High School on September 15, 2021. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Learning Loss Concerns Ministry, as NGOs Propose More Class Time

An Education Ministry official warned that students who fell behind during Covid-19 school shutdowns will struggle to catch up to previous generations, though an NGO-led education program showed initial positive results for 2nd and 3rd graders in one Siem Reap district.

Children are given non-phone activities to do at the Chambak community child-care center in Kampong Speu in June 2022. (Saroeun Phallika/VOD)

Kampong Speu Child-Care Center Gives Garment Workers Relief

Just a fraction of the country’s garment factories, predominantly staffed by women, have a child-care center. With reduced fees, healthy meals and a strict no-phone policy, a Kampong Speu child-care center is trying to fill the gap and ease the burden on working women.

Kea Sokun worked at a local labor rights NGO and now plans to continue writing songs. (Jack Brook/VOD)

Cambodian Rap’s Beaten-Down Social Conscience

Many young Cambodian rappers are steering clear of social commentary in their lyrics, making artists like Kea Sokun part of a small cohort of musicians rapping about social justice and economic inequity, though laden with nationalistic overtones.