Editor’s Choice
Security video footage supplied by CNRP vice president Mu Sochua shows a motorbike passenger smashing a brick onto the head of a passerby.

Vendors Shocked by Bloody Attack on Vegetable Seller Linked to CNRP

UPDATED 7:55 a.m. — Din Varin, 48, was smashed in the head with a brick on Monday morning outside a Phnom Penh market and rushed to the hospital. One day after the attack, nearby vendors said they were still shocked, saying they knew the organic vegetable vendor as a gentle and quiet seller but knew nothing of alleged political activities.

A fisherman sells an off-seasonal catch at the Stung Treng city fish market on August 15, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Frightened by River Changes, Villagers Blame Laos Dam, Seek Answers

In Stung Treng, villagers are experiencing unexpected changes to their environment: disappearing fish, dying forests, eroding islands. As they grapple with changing natural cycles, they project their fears onto the giant Don Sahong dam that looms upstream.

Community rangers dispose of a poisoned giant ibis in Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary, Preah Vihear province on April 14, 2020. (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Can Domestic Tourism Save Local Economies and Forests?

The rise of domestic tourism offers a glimmer of hope for rural families struggling under the weight of the pandemic and economic crisis, but more work is needed before visits to Cambodia’s ecotourism areas can offer something special for local visitors, observers say.

Family members of sentenced ex-CNRP members, Eab Sour, 65, (left) and Kong Mouyly, 31, outside the Tbong Khmum Provincial Court in Suong City on September 22, 2020. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Left Alone in Courtroom, Wife, Daughters Rattled by CNRP Sentencing

Human rights groups on Wednesday criticized the Tbong Khmum court’s decision to bar rights monitors, reporters and even some family members from the sentencing of seven ex-CNRP officials the day before, while a defense lawyer did not attend the hearing.

Students are divided into different English classes according to their level at the Village Library in Roha village. (Cindy Liu)

Photo Essay: While School’s Out, Youth Teach Each Other

Due to Covid-19 concerns, most schools in Cambodia were closed in March, risking long-term setbacks to students’ education. But some entrepreneurial youth took action by organizing informal classes and community libraries.

Preh Phnheas resident Chorb Kun looks at her IDPoor and loan documents in August 2020 in Battambang province. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Facing Hunger, Battambang Villagers Use Gov’t Handouts to Repay Loans

PREY PHNHEAS, Battambang — Prey Phnheas village is a 60-minute drive south of Battambang’s provincial capital. Road 151, which leads to the village, is lined with rice fields getting their first taste of the monsoons in mid-August. But the closer you get to Prey Phnheas, the rice shoots are not as green.