Poor protection for Cambodian women adds insult to injury

Domestic violence is rife in Cambodia, where men commonly feel entitled to beat and assault women publicly while those around them do nothing about it, writes Johanna Higgs.

I am in Siem Reap, Cambodia, standing outside my small house in the countryside. The ever-present warm breeze blows over me and chickens scurry through the long, dry grass. Tall palm trees shade a dusty path that leads to the neighbour’s small, ramshackle house.

All appears normal.

Then suddenly, I hear a little boy screaming. I turn and see my six-year-old neighbour tearing across the dusty path ahead of me, his father running after him. The man has something metal in his hand and hurls it at the little boy.

In full: https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/poor-protection-for-cambodian-women-adds-insult-to-injury,17547

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