Cambodia & mental health, Cambodia Activism, Uncategorized

Cambodia’s Healing Fields

National Geographic: The Healing Fields

Land mines once crippled a war-ravaged Cambodia. Today the nation is a model for how to recover from this scourge.

By Mark Jenkins
Phototograph by Lynn Johnson
Delicately brushing away the soil with his fingers, Aki Ra uncovers a dark green land mine buried two inches beneath the overgrown dirt road. The size of a large soup can, the mine was planted by the Khmer Rouge about 15 years ago on this ox track in northwestern Cambodia—the most densely mined region of one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.
Books, Cambodia Activism, cambodian activists, Uncategorized

New Book: The Year of Zero by Ty Seng

Publishers Weekly’s Genocide Survivor’s Story: Seng Ty’s Long Road
Author Seng Ty experienced firsthand the terrors of the Khmer Rouge genocides — horrendous events that left Cambodia ravaged in the 1970s. Within weeks, he and his family went from living a peaceful life in the Cambodian countryside to surviving in conditions comparable to those of a concentration camp. Find this Book!

Books, Cambodia Activism, cambodian activists, Uncategorized

Somaly’s Story: ‘I Didn’t Lie.’

MCX100114FESOMALYMAM005-lgAn explosive report in Newsweek last spring raised questions regarding the legitimacy of Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, tainting the nearly two-decades-long work on behalf of victims that catapulted her into the global spotlight. But how do the allegations hold up? In her first interview since the scandal dominated headlines—and left her career and reputation in shambles—Mam tells her side of things.

Cambodia, Cambodia Activism

Dan Austin’s tour of Cleveland to raise ‘bikes’ for children in Cambodia…

CLEVELAND – Dan Austin, the man Outside Magazine named as one of “Ten Icons Changing the World,” is coming to Cleveland April 11-14.

Austin is the co-founder of the 88bikes Foundation which donates bicycles to needy children all over the world.

In 2007, Austin and his brother Jared were on a cycling tour of Cambodia. At the end of their tour, they decided to donate their bikes to a local orphanage which housed 88 children. Donating their two bikes meant 86 children would not be getting bikes. Read more:

He’ll be speaking at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 6 p.m.
on April 11.  (I’ll be there! hope to see some friends there too!)