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Blind children Cambodia 01
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Wanna today. Despite his disability, he is now is a Music teacher in the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 11
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Wanna teaching a class in the present day. Wanna's journey from a child who yearned for education, to now being a teacher is the success story that spurred the creation of schools for blind and deaf children in Cambodia.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 12
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Wanna today with his team.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 17
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Students at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 18
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

A Student at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 16
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Students at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 15
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Students at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation

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Blind children Cambodia 14
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Students at the Phnom Penh Thmey school.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation

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Blind children Cambodia 19
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

A Student at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 20
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Students at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 21
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
30 Mar 2015

Students at the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 05
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

Phot Wanna in 1993 being taught to read an braille book. Wanna, was the child who gave Benoît the inspiration to open the first school for blind children in Cambodia.

Photo by Krousar Thmeu.

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Blind children Cambodia 06
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

Wanna 20 years later with Benoît (founder of Krousar Thmeu Foundation, back row, third from the right) and Australia actor Jack Thompson.

Photo by Krousar Thmeu

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Blind children Cambodia 07
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

Photo by Krousar Thmeu. Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon and Phalla Neang. Benoît is the founder of NGO Krousar Thmey. He started in Thailand’s refugee camps over 20 years ago. In 1993, Phalla Neang and the NGO Krousar Thmey opened the first school for visually impaired pupils in Cambodia and Phalla became the very first Braille teacher in the country’s history. She also contributed to the development of the Khmer version of Braille.

Since 1997, Krousar Thmey, which is supported by LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (a European development federation), also provides education for deaf pupils. Today Phalla Neang serves as a teacher trainer, school director and as the coordinator of the national ‘Education for Blind’ program. The ‘Education for Blind’ program involves five schools for blind and deaf students, 72 integrated and inclusive classes in regular schools, and nationwide advocacy campaigns.

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Blind children Cambodia 10
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

Phnom Penh Thmey School. This is the school where Phalla currently works. The program has now expanded to 69 teachers and 250 children in 4 Krousar Thmey schools. There are an additional 29 integrated classes in public schools across the country.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 09
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

The Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation

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Blind children Cambodia 08
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
27 Mar 2015

The opening of the Phnom Penh Thmey School.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation.

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Blind children Cambodia 03
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
16 Mar 2015

In 1993, Phalla Neang opened the first school for blind children in Camboda. She was one of 10 finalists for the "Global Teacher Prize," an honor that awards $1 million to "the best teacher in the world."

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Blind children Cambodia 04
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
16 Mar 2015

In 1993, Phalla Neang opened the first school for blind children in Camboda. She was one of 10 finalists for the "Global Teacher Prize," an honor that awards $1 million to "the best teacher in the world."

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Lola García-Ajofrín
16 Jan 2014

Ly Khemara checks braille script as it emerges from the braille printer - the only such machine in Cambodia.

Photo by Krousar Thmey Foundation. Phnom Penh, 16 January 2014

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (1...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

Cham fishermen pray in their mosque, an open space with a green cloth that works as a roof. “When the wind is blowing hard, our mosque sometimes collapses. Then we have to built it up again,” says Treh Roun, one of the three local leaders. Behind the mosque, the Sokha hotel is under construction. The 16-floor hotel will probably be opened in 2014 and is expected to have room for about 800 guests.

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Cambodia: Cham fisher folk fear their...
Phnom Penh
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

Cham Muslims have been living in Cambodia for hundreds of years. Many of them work as fisherman and –woman. But in Phnom Penh, at the peninsula that divides the Mekong River from the Tonlé Sap River, their lives are under threat by the construction of a large hotel. The Sokha Hotel will have more than 450 rooms and is being built next to their pier. The fishing Muslims, who don’t own a house or land, fear that the hotel management will force them to leave. Where-to go, nobody knows.

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Boeung Kak Lake, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By AteHoekstra
18 Jul 2012

In 2010 thousands of people who lived around the Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh were forced to leave their homes, because a company called Shukaku Inc. bought the land from the government. There were many protests, people were receiving only very small compensations.

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Boeung Kak Lake, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By AteHoekstra
18 Jul 2012

Where once was a big lake and where once thousands of Cambodian people lived, there's now only sand. Thousands of people were removed from their homes near the Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh. They were forced to leave because the company Shukaku Inc. purchased the ground from the government. Now, almost two years later, nothing's happening. Many people lost their jobs and got a compensation which is way too small to build a new house.

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members and friends of the deceased. View notice boards displaying photographs of the 353 stampede victims outside Calmette Hospital. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members and friends of the deceased. View the notice boards displaying photographs of the stampede victims outside Calmette Hospital the following day. The stampede began at 21:30 local time (14:30 UTC) on a bridge across the Tonlé Sap river, though witnesses said that people had been "stuck on the bridge" for several hours before, and victims were not freed until hours after the actual stampede occurred. 353 people died, and upwards of 755 more people were injured, some seriously, and many local hospitals were pushed far beyond capacity by the influx of victims. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members of the deceased. View the notice boards displaying photographs of the stampede victims outside Calmette Hospital the following day. The stampede began at 21:30 local time (14:30 UTC) on a bridge across the Tonlé Sap river, though witnesses said that people had been "stuck on the bridge" for several hours before, and victims were not freed until hours after the actual stampede occurred. 353 people died, and upwards of 755 more people were injured, some seriously, and many local hospitals were pushed far beyond capacity by the influx of victims. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members travelled from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh. In order to identify and prepare family members for burial. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family members travelled from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh. In order to identify and prepare family members for burial. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Family member grieves at Calmette Hospital after identifying victim of the stampede. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Many of the victims had travel from rural areas of Cambodia to celebrate in the Water Festival or were students studying in Phnom Penh. This meant family members had to travel great distances in order to identify victims. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Two women looking shocked and exausted at Calmette Hospital. Family members travelled from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh. In order to identify and prepare family members for burial. The vast majority of the victims were female and adultescents. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

People desperately rushed and struggled to detain a coffin, which were being delivered through out the day. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010

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Phnom Penh Stampede
Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
By Jeffrey Bright
23 Nov 2010

Once a coffin was detained, family members layed the victims body and carried coffins to army trucks which will deliver coffins to the families home towns and allow families to mourn and bury the deceased. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23/11/2010