A floating village on Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia

On 11 August 2011, a group of Rotary Peace Fellows from Chulalongkorn University visited Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. Our purpose was to learn more about the post-conflict reconstruction issues in Cambodia. A big issue for Cambodia is that the fisheries industry is one of the biggest in the domestic economy and thus our visit … Continue reading

Where children sleep

Check this out: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/where-children-sleep/ “As a child, that’s your little space within the house,” Mr. Mollison said. Kaya, 4, lives with her parents in a small Tokyo apartment. James Mollison Kaya’s bedroom. Mr. Mollison’s new book, “Where Children Sleep,” had its origins in a project undertaken for a children’s charity several years ago. As he … Continue reading

The killing fields of Cambodia- short video

This a rough video of my visit to the Choeung Ek killing fields. 17 Rotary World Peace Fellows, as part of their 3 month fellowship with the Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University, visited Cambodia this August 2011 to learn more about the post-conflict reconstruction work taking place there. As part of our field trip, we … Continue reading

Reflecting on the Cambodian psyche

Cambodia is a fascinating but broken country. At its peak, Angkor was a thriving city with a million inhabitants and 300 temples just within its 400km2 area, with the reach of the Khmer empire extending to Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. The Khmer empire was undoubtedly a powerful nation. The walls of Bayon temple … Continue reading

The Killing fields of Cambodia- Choeung Ek, Phnom Penh

WARNING: SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND THE BELOW PHOTOS AND DESCRIPTIONS TO BE DISTURBING. On 7 August 2011, we headed to the killing fields of Choeung Ek which is just30 minutes outside the centre of Phnom Penh. Prior to the rise of the Khmer Rouge, Choeung Ek was actually a Chinese cemetery which became the Khmer … Continue reading

Tuol Sleng S-21 Torture camp, Cambodia

7 August 2011 I visited the killing fields of Cheoung Ek, just outside Phnom Penh. It was sobering to see the shelves of skulls and learn how the excavation of more bodies have ceased as there were insufficient number of genocidal monuments to house the bones of those killed during the Khmer Rouge‘s regime during … Continue reading

Phnom Pehn- The Royal Palace

6 August 2011 I arrived in Phnom Penh today, departing from my hostel in Bangkok at 5am and landing in Cambodia at 9am. My first thought when we drove through the city was how low lying all the buildings were- this was not a city like Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, but was more like a … Continue reading

Muslims saved Jews during WWII

Yes, you read it correctly. This is an interview with Norman Gershman who has photographed people and documented stories about Albanian Muslims sheltering Jews and saving their lives during the Holocaust. From his investigations, he discovered that the basis for much of this life saving was due to an Albanian custom of ‘besa’: “BESA is … Continue reading