I no longer wondered why Angelina hoped to adopt one Cambodian kid after another.
Kalyanee Mam's bold new documentary, A River Changes Course, shot in a breathtakingly beautiful, cinema-verite style, breaks new ground in presenting the lives of Cambodians marching from their ancient culture into a globalized economy.
Universally recognized as a visionary for her courage, dignity, ingenuity and resilience, Somaly has been honored as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2009" and as a CNN Hero.
A tsunami of foreign investors and development projects are eager to capitalize on a country just beginning to introduce itself to the world and anxious to bring in much needed investment. The question is: what will it keep and what will it lose in the process?
When travelers to Cambodia ask me "Well, which orphanage is good that I could visit today?" my answer is "Any orphanage that will let you walk in off the street and subjects children to a revolving door of visiting volunteers is not one you want to support."
The country enjoys a bounty of natural resources and a popular culture which combines initiative, warmth, and hard work. So why do forty percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day? And why are the streets clogged with refuse?
Almost two weeks after his reelection, U.S. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Cambodia for the East Asian Summit.
In many parts of the world, young girls are lured with promises, or simply carried off to be sold as sex slaves. Born in poverty, they are condemned to live a sad and hopeless life. The cries of these throwaway girls have been largely ignored until recent years.
This week, a Cambodian judge set free the only man tried in a case related to the murder of tireless forestry defender Chut Wutty. While viewed with outrage and contempt, the verdict lacked any element of surprise.
On a Monday morning in January 1979, my boss Jerry Toobin, the news and public affairs director at WNET, New York City's public TV station, walked into our work area and said to me and my fellow cubicle mates, "Bill Moyers would like to talk with Prince Sihanouk. Anybody got an idea how to find him?"
Beyond the fear is the way of life Cambodian people learned over years of oppression: to trust no one and talk to no one, to care only about yourself, and to put your head down and simply endure.
At a time of global crisis, when so many children are poor, so many parents hopeless, so many nations teetering on the brink of genocide, perhaps these reflections about my visit to Cambodia will bring a glimmer of hope from the Killing Fields.
The Cambodian government's decision last week to drop a judicial probe into the killing of the country's top environmental activist shows, yet again, that the ruling party condones the crimes of rogue land profiteers and discounts the lives off its downtrodden citizens.
Last year, an estimated 1.6 million foreigners descended on the little northwestern city of Siem Reap -- most of them arriving to see the Angkor Temple Complex.
President Obama called for every faith community to take action, educating their congregations, and "joining in coalitions that are bound by a love of God and a concern for the oppressed."
Hang Serei Odom's murder has raised indignation over the country's corrupt land-stripping practices to a fever pitch. Many are asking why the U.S. isn't doing more to stop a local bloodbath with global ramifications.