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Denise Hruby

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Orphanages Struggle to Reintegrate Children, Study Shows

The majority of institutional care centers and orphanages in Battambang province lack resources and policies needed in order to properly reintegrate children with their families or communities, according to a forthcoming report by Duke University researchers.

Counting Calories

On any given day of the week, Mong Pheara eats rice. Rice porridge and small dried fish are her only other staple foods. Occasionally, she manages to eat a mango or a papaya.

Suspects in Killing of Alleged Sorcerer Still at Large

Police in Takeo province’s Bati district on Wednesday said that they were still looking for 11 men identified as the main suspects in the killing of 36-year-old Pov Sovann, who was beaten and stoned to death on Sunday by about 600 people who accused him of sorcery.

Nine Migrant Workers Die On Way Home

Nine Cambodian workers returning home from Thailand died Friday in a car crash, the first major traffic disaster in the lead up to Khmer New Year.

Opposition Says CNRP Not Racist, ‘Yuon’ Not Derogatory

The opposition CNRP released a statement Friday asserting that there is no anti-Vietnamese sentiment in the party, that the word yuon is not derogatory and that such allegations are generally spread by foreigners manipulated by the ruling CPP.

Acid Attack Survivor Once Again Seeking Fresh Start

Som Bunnarith is looking for a job. He has two university degrees, one in marketing, another in English. He speaks Thai. He is eloquent and hard working. He is also blind and disfigured, the result of an acid attack nine years ago.

Gov’t Denies Selling Ship Registry

A government spokesman on Friday threatened legal action over a Cambodia Daily report written in November that told how the rights to register foreign ships under the Cambodian flag were sold to a South Korean company.

Demining Divers Receive New Equipment

Nine Cambodian divers are in the final phase of training, preparing to dive in pitch-black water to recover ordnance buried in river mud for as long as half a century.

Official Says Cambodia Not Ready for Asean Free Trade

Cambodia is not prepared to join Asean’s single regional market and production base next year, a Labor Ministry official said Friday.

New Mutation in Bird Flu Virus in Cambodia

Last year’s jump in avian influenza cases among Cambodians could be due to a mutation of the virus in Cambodia and southern Vietnam, experts said Tuesday at a meeting in Phnom Penh. They said it would be the first mutation here of the virus since it was first detected in the region a decade ago.

Lawyer to Bring Security Forces Complaint to ICC

A lawyer hired by the opposition CNRP said Tuesday that he would file a complaint next month with the International Criminal Court over crimes against humanity allegedly perpetrated by state security forces.

Guidelines Finalized for Child Workers in Fisheries Sector

The government on Friday finalized guidelines aimed at reducing the number of children who work in the fisheries sector and do not attend school, the Min­istry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the NGO World Vision said in a statement.

Cars Set Ablaze at Cambodian Embassy in Berlin

Two cars belonging to the Cambodian Embassy in Germany, parked on the embassy grounds in Berlin, were set on fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning in what police believe was an act of arson, German authorities said Wednesday.

Boy Dies of Bird Flu, Another Boy in Recovery

An 11-year-old boy from Kom­pong Chhnang province’s Rolea Ba’ier district has died from bird flu while an 8-year-old boy from Kan­dal province’s Leuk Dek district also contracted the virus but is recovering, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said in a statement Tuesday.

Institut Pasteur Opens New Research Facility

The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge will today inaugurate a new research facility in Phnom Penh that will bring together national and international scientists to work on emerging diseases, the French Embassy said.

Cambodia Offers Best Practices Against Trafficking

Cambodia has provided examples of “best practices” in the fight against human trafficking for a forthcoming Asean convention against the trafficking of people, experts said Friday at the close of a two-day conference in Phnom Penh on irregular migration and human trafficking.

Boy, 3, Dies From Bird Flu in Phnom Penh

A three-year-old boy from Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district passed away from bird flu this week after almost all poultry in his Choam Chao commune village died from the H5N1 virus, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said Friday.

Cambodia to Meet Malaysia Over Maids MoU

The Ministry of Labor said Wednesday that the government has agreed on a final draft of a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia regarding sending Cambodian maids to work there, but that no timeframe for the signing of the agreement has been set.

Agriculture Ministry Establishes 2 H5N1 ‘Contamination Zones’

The Ministry of Agriculture has created designated bird flu contamination zones in Phnom Penh and Kandal province following the deaths of hundreds of birds due to the H5N1 virus, officials said Wednesday.

WWF Finds Research on Don Sahong Dam Flawed, Unscientific

The environmental impact assessment that will allow for the construction of the controversial Don Sahong Dam in southern Laos, just 1.5 km from the Cambodian border, was sloppy, used inappropriate methodology, and was often based on assumptions, environmental watchdog WWF said in its own research published Monday.