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My 2013

2013 has been certainly been an interesting and busy year for me.

I started an amazing adventure called RUOM Collective together with my friend Nicolas Axelrod, my pictures were published in some of the most influential newspapers and magazines (The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, etc) and I was able to create several interesting photo projects.



Blood Sugar

I started the year with a project called Blood Sugarour collective inaugural project – which is an in-depth piece on the boom of the sugar industry in Cambodia, and the effects this rapid development is having on small-scale farmers and rural communities. We spent several months in 2013 travelling to different areas of Cambodia, investigating and interacting with agro-industry leaders, the affected villagers, and the organizations that are trying to help them

 

View of the sugar can plantation of Omlaing that covers more than 19.000 hectares. Omlaing commune, Kompong Speu Province - Cambodia. 09 Jan 2013
View of the sugar cane plantation of Omlaing that covers more than 19.000 hectares. Omlaing commune, Kompong Speu Province – Cambodia. 09 Jan 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A woman cuts sugar cane. Sugar plantation of Srei Ambel, Koh Kong, Cambodia. 16 Jan. 2013
A woman cuts sugar cane. Sugar plantation of Srei Ambel, Koh Kong, Cambodia. 16 Jan. 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Sugar cane collectors wait to be payed after a hard day of working. They earn around 2.5 USD per day, and their employment normally lasts only three months for year.  Sugar plantation of Srei Ambel, Koh Kong, Cambodia. 16 Jan. 2013
Sugar cane collectors wait to be payed after a hard day of working. They earn around 2.5 USD per day, and their employment normally lasts only three months per year. Sugar plantation of Srei Ambel, Koh Kong, Cambodia. 16 Jan. 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
K. K. (13) hugs his litle sister after a day working in the sugar cane plantations.  Chhoyk village, Srei Ambel district, Koh Kong, Cambodia. 15 Jan. 2013
K. K. (13) hugs his litle sister after a day working in the sugar cane plantations. Chhoyk village, Srei Ambel district, Koh Kong, Cambodia. 15 Jan. 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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Thaipusam Festival 2013

I then visited Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), where I was lucky enough to witness one of the most important Hindu festival in Malaysia, the Thaipusam, in which more than 1.6 million Tamils gathered in the Batu Caves on the outskirts of city to pay homage to Lord Muruga.

 

Thaipusam 2013
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee pulls a chariot with hooks embedded in his back. This devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain. © Thomas Cristofoletti
Thaipusam 2013
27/01/13 – Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain. © Thomas Cristofoletti
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The death of a king

Back again to Cambodia, I covered the funerals of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who passed away in October 2012. Following tradition and with respect for an auspicious funeral date the cremation ceremony began on the 1 February 2013. An elaborate procession attended by officials, that displayed various aspects of Khmer culture travelled the streets of the capital. People from all over the city came to watch the procession that took the late King Father from the Royal Palace to the Veal Meru Crematorium site. The actual cremation started three days later and was attended by local and international dignitaries. Nearly one year later a 1.2 million dollars bronze statue is inaugurated in honour of what many saw as the last true Cambodian King.

 

Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A security agent scans a group of Buddhist monks ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Febuary 1, 2013 – Phnom Penh. A security agent scans a group of Buddhist monks ahead of the start of the funeral of King Norodom Sihanouk. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
03/02/2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
Febuary 3, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to King Norodom Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Febuary 5, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Cambodian women cry as they witness the cremation of King Norodom Sihanouk. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Febuary 5, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian women cry as they witness the cremation of King Norodom Sihanouk. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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Demining in the depths

This is one of the most interesting stories I followed this year. The training of Cam­bo­dia’s first batch of salvage divers who will start to recover the thousands of tons of unexploded artillery shells and bullets that lie at the bottom of the country’s lakes and rivers.

 

Deminers from the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) practice stretching on the shore of Independence Beach - Sihanoukville.
Febuary 14, 2013 – Sihanoukville. Deminers from the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) practice stretching on the shore of Independence Beach – Sihanoukville. © Thomas Cristofoletti
Febuary 14, 2013 - Sihanoukville. Physical exercise pushes the divers to their limits.
Physical exercise pushes the divers to their limits. © Thomas Cristofoletti
Tourists look on as staff from the Cambodia Mine Action Center learn how to scuba dive in a hotel's pool in Sihanoukville.
Febuary 14, 2013 – Sihanoukville. Tourists look on as staff from the Cambodia Mine Action Center learn how to scuba dive in a hotel’s pool in Sihanoukville. © Thomas Cristofoletti
Febuary 19, 2013 - Sihanoukville. A group of deminers makes practice during a night diving in the port of Koh Rong.
A group of deminers makes practice during a night diving in the port of Koh Rong. © Thomas Cristofoletti
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Mam Sonando is free

Finally, great news for all human rights defenders in Cambodia. Cambodian activist and independent radio station owner, Mam Sonando, was released from jail after his 20-year sentence was suspended by the Phnom Penh court yesterday (he spent a total of eight months in preventive custody).

 

15/03/2013 - Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a chair to cheers from thousands of supporters, gathered in front of Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison, minutes after his release. Charged with insurrection, Sonando has spent a total of eight months in jail.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a chair to cheers from thousands of supporters, gathered in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after his release. Charged with insurrection, Sonando has spent a total of eight months in jail.
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The boom of Cambodia’s orphanage tourism

In April German magazine Nido (Stern Group), commissioned a reportage about the increasing (and alarming) number of tourists visiting orphanages in Cambodia.

Since the days of the genocidal Khmer Rouge Regime and the following civil war, which ended in the early 90′s, the number of orphans steadily decrease. The number of orphanages, however, kept increasing, and the majority of children living in orphanages – more than 70 percent – has at least one remaining parent.

Due to the generosity of tourists who want to help the still impoverished nation and the most vulnerable Cambodians, orphanages have become a lucrative, multimillion-dollar business model, and tourists are tricked into believing that they are helping real orphans.

 

03/04/2013 - Siem Reap (Cambodia). Aid organizations estimate that there are currently 800 orphanages in Cambodia. Just 21 of these statal and just 300 are registered with the Ministery of Interior. © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
03/04/2013 – Siem Reap (Cambodia). Aid organizations estimate that there are currently 800 orphanages in Cambodia. Just 21 of these statal and just 300 are registered with the Ministery of Interior. © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
04/04/2013 - Siem Reap (Cambodia). A group of tourists from Norway take pictures and play with some of the kids who live in Acodo, one of the largest and most visited orphanage in Siem Reap. Playing with and hugging the children may make a tremendous impact on the tourists - and a great photo opportunity - but does little to support the needs of the children.  © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
04/04/2013 – Siem Reap (Cambodia). A group of tourists from Norway take pictures and play with some of the kids who live in Acodo, one of the largest and most visited orphanage in Siem Reap. Playing with and hugging the children may make a tremendous impact on the tourists – and a great photo opportunity – but does little to support the needs of the children. © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
05/04/2013 - Angkor Thom (Cambodia). Around 1.12 million  tourists visited the temples of Ankgor in the first half of this year and orphanage visits have seemingly become part of the Cambodian travel experience, expecially for organized tours.© Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
05/04/2013 – Angkor Thom (Cambodia). Around 1.12 million tourists visited the temples of Ankgor in the first half of this year and orphanage visits have seemingly become part of the Cambodian travel experience, expecially for organized tours.© Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
05/04/2013 - Siem Reap (Cambodia). A mother sleeps on the street with her 2 small kids.  One-third of Cambodian children is estimated living below the poverty line and exposed to sex abuses and human trafficking. © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
05/04/2013 – Siem Reap (Cambodia). A mother sleeps on the street with her 2 small kids. One-third of Cambodian children is estimated living below the poverty line and exposed to sex abuses and human trafficking. © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
05/04/2013 - Siem Reap (Cambodia). A mother sleeps on the street with her 2 small kids.  One-third of Cambodian children is estimated living below the poverty line and exposed to sex abuses and human trafficking. © Thomas Cristofoletti 2013
The opening double spread of the reportage on the June’s issue of Nido Magazin
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My first The New York Times

In April I also received my first two assignments (plus a third one covering a breaking news) for The New York Times and I couldn’t believe when I saw one of my pictures on the frontpage of The International Herald Tribune, a dream come true!

 

April 10, 2013. My first frontpage on The International Herald Tribune.
April 10, 2013. My first frontpage on The International Herald Tribune.
April 10, 2013. My first assignement for The New York Time is online.
One of my pictures on the NYT’s website.
People looked for survivors following a ceiling collapse at a shoe factory in Cambodia on Thursday. © Thomas Cristofoletti for The New York Times
One of the pictures was also chosen and published on LENS blog.



Inside the 969 Movement

For our second collaborative work for Ruom, Inside the 969 Movement we flew to Myanmar to work on an in-depth piece on the inner workings and consequences of the growing Buddhist-lead anti-Muslim movement.

 

A woman, who returned to her burnt home in Meikhtila recovers pieces of a burnt Koran. 11 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom Collective
11 June, 2013. A woman, who returned to her burnt home in Meikhtila recovers pieces of a burnt Koran. © Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom
A woman, who returned to her burnt home in Meikhtila recovers pieces of a burnt Koran. 11 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom Collective
22 June, 2013. Young Buddhist nuns board the ferry crossing the Hlaing river over to downton Yangon. © Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom
Wirathu and his entourage leave after ending an anti-muslim sermon in front of hundreds of supporters, just four blocks away from the Dhamma Tharlar Hall (Mandalay), in which several local organizations and civil society activists organized a peace event to prevent future riots. 23 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
23 June, 2013. Wirathu and his entourage leave after ending an anti-muslim sermon in front of hundreds of supporters, just four blocks away from the Dhamma Tharlar Hall (Mandalay), in which several local organizations and civil society activists organized a peace event to prevent future riots. © Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom
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Cambodia Political Elections 2013

After the experience in Myanmar, I came back to Cambodia, just in time to cover the campaign for the national elections with the return of the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy.

 

19 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
19 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
26 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. A CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporter yawns, waiting the beginning of a parade organized by at Koh Pich Island for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
26 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. A CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporter yawns, waiting the beginning of a parade organized by at Koh Pich Island for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
26 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
26 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
26 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
26 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
28 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen casts his ballot on the general elections at Ta Khmau Town in Kandal province, 15km away from the capital Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
28 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen casts his ballot on the general elections at Ta Khmau Town in Kandal province, 15km away from the capital Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
28 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. A mob errupted in violence after a man punched a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
28 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. A mob errupted in violence after a man punched a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
28 July, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
28 July, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Don Sahong fishermen

After almost two months following the elections and the first wave of protests in response to allegd voting irregularities and fraud, I travelled to south of Laos to document the life of the fishermen whose livelihood is threatened by the construction of the Don Sahong Dam. Environmentalists say that this new dam will put at risk the ecological integrity of the Lower Mekong as a whole. In particular, it will have a severe impact on the endangered giant catfish, other fish species — some of them unique to the Mekong — and the Irrwaddy dolphin, which has found a natural habitat just two kilometers from the dam and is already critically endangered.

My reportage, together with the amazing work of Thai photographer Piyavit Thongsa-Ard, could be the last documenting the way of life of these people.

 

A fisherman mends his Ly trap at the Khone Phapheng falls.04/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A fisherman mends his Ly trap at the Khone Phapheng falls.04/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A fisherman fights against the ferocious current of the Khone Phapheng falls, in order to clean a "Ly Trap" - a traditional bamboo made trap - from debries. Traps need continuous maintenance as sticks, small branches and grass get entangled, which would deprive the fishermen of their catch – and their only income.04/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A fisherman fights against the ferocious current of the Khone Phapheng falls, in order to clean a “Ly Trap” – a traditional bamboo made trap – from debries. Traps need continuous maintenance as sticks, small branches and grass get entangled, which would deprive the fishermen of their catch – and their only income.04/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Fishes are sold in Nakasang, from where the majority is taken to Pakse, the provincial capital of Campasak. 05/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Fishes are sold in Nakasang, from where the majority is taken to Pakse, the provincial capital of Campasak. 05/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A fisherman leaves Don Det Island on his boat. 07/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A fisherman leaves Don Det Island on his boat. 07/08/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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The story has been published on Aljazeera and on the South East Asia GLOBE
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Protests in Cambodia continue

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy started a planned three-day protest with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh together with thousands of supporters to contest the election results.

Unfortunately, an altercation between angry commuters trying to get home past road blocks degenerated in to chaos, protestors threw projectiles at riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. One protestor was shot dead, and people were injured, the fighting lasted well into the night, with the last reported outbreak around 1.30 am.

 

15 September, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters march together with opposition leader Sam Rainsy through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters march together with opposition leader Sam Rainsy through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Police prevent access to Norodom Boulevard to opposition CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters, placing barricades of barbed wire in their path. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Police prevent access to Norodom Boulevard to opposition CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters, placing barricades of barbed wire in their path. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 - Phnom Penh. A Cambodia man carries an injured protester to an ambulance during a clash with police in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2013. Violent clashes erupted in the Cambodian capital on Sunday, leaving one protester dead and several wounded as thousands gathered to challenge strongman premier Hun Sen's disputed election win, witnesses said. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 – Phnom Penh. A Cambodia man carries an injured protester to an ambulance during a clash with police in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2013. Violent clashes erupted in the Cambodian capital on Sunday, leaving one protester dead and several wounded as thousands gathered to challenge strongman premier Hun Sen’s disputed election win, witnesses said. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
15 September, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
One of my pictures on Time Magazine
One of my pictures on Time Magazine
Another on Le Monde.
Another on Le Monde.
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Pchum Ben festival’s buffalo race

Thousands of Cambodians descended on the small village of Vihear Suor (Kandal Province) on October 4 to cheer on the annual water buffalo race that marks the end of the 15-day festival for the dead (Pchum Ben), the most important Cambodian religious event.

The race, that has very ancient roots, is organised for the entertainment of the spirits who have come to Earth during the Pchum Ben and is also be followed by wrestling and khmer boxe matches.

 

04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
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A march for the environment

On Sunday, 3 November 2013, I followed a very interesting story together with fellow Ruom writer and photographer Luc Forsyth, as a group of over 40 Buddhist monks walked more than 25km through the jungle to the remote village of Pra Lay, Cambodia, to raise awareness of the environmental destruction occurring across their country. Situated in the Areng Valley in the Cardamom mountains, the village of Pra Lay is one of 8 villages, collectively home to roughly 1500 inhabitants, which will be flooded by a dam proposed by the Chinese development company China Guodian.

 

November 4, 2013 - Areng Valley (Koh Kong). 2 monks walk through a field on the way back to Pra Lay Village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 4, 2013 – Areng Valley (Koh Kong). 2 monks walk through a field on the way back to Pra Lay Village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 4, 2013 - Areng Valley (Koh Kong). A monk during a tree-blessing ceremony in a forest nearby Pra Lay Village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 4, 2013 – Areng Valley (Koh Kong). A monk during a tree-blessing ceremony in a forest nearby Pra Lay Village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 5, 2013 - Areng Valley (Koh Kong). Monks and youth volunteers carry a 80m saffron cloth though the small Pra Lay Village to raise awareness of the environmental destruction the construction will cause to the Areng Valley. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 5, 2013 – Areng Valley (Koh Kong). Monks and youth volunteers carry a 80m saffron cloth though the small Pra Lay Village to raise awareness of the environmental destruction the construction will cause to the Areng Valley. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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The story on Aljazeera
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Instability continues in the country

Political environment in Cambodia has changed after July’s elections and the country is experimenting a new wave (and more powerful) rejection against the ruling party. Is the case of the workers from SL factory, which makes clothing for Gap, H&M and other international brands, who have been protesting for months for better working conditions and pay.

 

October 21, 2013 - Phnom Penh. Riot police men push back about a thousand SL garment factory workers who organise a sit-in in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's house. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
October 21, 2013 – Phnom Penh. Riot police men push back about a thousand SL garment factory workers who organise a sit-in in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
November 12, 2013 - Stung Manchey (Phnom Penh). Military police leave Stung Manchey's pagoda after randomly arresting anyone who was gathering inside, included at least 7 buddhist monks. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 12, 2013 – Stung Manchey (Phnom Penh). Military police leave Stung Manchey’s pagoda after randomly arresting anyone who was gathering inside, included at least 7 buddhist monks. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 12, 2013 - Stung Manchey (Phnom Penh). Military police violently push into a firetruck, one of the 28 people arrested after violence erupted between garment factory workers and security forces. In the clahes a 49-year-old rice vendor was shot and several other people got injured. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 12, 2013 – Stung Manchey (Phnom Penh). Military police violently push into a firetruck, one of the 28 people arrested after violence erupted between garment factory workers and security forces. In the clahes a 49-year-old rice vendor was shot and several other people got injured. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

 

UNDP’s Millennium Development Goals

At the end of October together with Nicolas, we received an assignment from UNDP Cambodia to illustrate the status of the (MDG) – Millennium Development Goals – in the country. It was a very long and interesting project that kept us busy for almost one month and that allowed us to visit some of the most interesting areas of the country.

 

November 30, 2013 - Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune - (Prey Veng).  Ms Eam Pom (62) cuts organic rice with a sickle during a crop harvest in paddy field outside the community. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 30, 2013 – Lvea village, Seang kveang Commune – (Prey Veng). Ms Eam Pom (62) cuts organic rice with a sickle during a crop harvest in paddy field outside the community. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 20, 2013 - Beung Kachhang village (Koh Kong). Mr. Lay Pich (31), her wife Hun Sophear  (32) and their children Hun sombath (4) go fishing in the mangrove forest that surround the village. Even if the community is inside a natural protected area, Illegal sand dredging in the area have decimated the number of fish and crabs and it's more and more difficult to catch enough food for the local families. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 20, 2013 – Beung Kachhang village (Koh Kong). Mr. Lay Pich (31), her wife Hun Sophear (32) and their children Hun sombath (4) go fishing in the mangrove forest that surround the village. Even if the community is inside a natural protected area, Illegal sand dredging in the area have decimated the number of fish and crabs and it’s more and more difficult to catch enough food for the local families. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 18, 2013 - Tatai Valley (Koh Kong). Powerlines are built in the jungle for the 246 megawatts Tatai River Dam, one of the several hydroelectric projects that Chinese companies are building around the country to answer to the chronicle shortfall of electricity. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 18, 2013 – Tatai Valley (Koh Kong). Powerlines are built in the jungle for the 246 megawatts Tatai River Dam, one of the several hydroelectric projects that Chinese companies are building around the country to answer to the chronicle shortfall of electricity. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 20, 2013 - Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (Koh Kong). The remains of a mangrove forest. Indiscriminate and illegal sand dredging, rising sea levels, big waves and storms have taken a toll. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 20, 2013 – Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (Koh Kong). The remains of a mangrove forest. Indiscriminate and illegal sand dredging, rising sea levels, big waves and storms have taken a toll. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 29, 2013 - Peam Jheang village (Kampong Cham). Manual laborers in a rubber plantation inside an Economic Land Concession. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 29, 2013 – Peam Jheang village (Kampong Cham). Manual laborers in a rubber plantation inside an Economic Land Concession. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 28, 2013 - Sterng Chey Commune (Kompong Cham). Mr En Noy (55) rides his bycicle on the way back to his home. He was a soldier during the war and he lost a leg as the conseguence of a bullet. Nowadays he has a small bike repair shop in the village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
November 28, 2013 – Sterng Chey Commune (Kompong Cham). Mr En Noy (55) rides his bycicle on the way back to his home. He was a soldier during the war and he lost a leg as the conseguence of a bullet. Nowadays he has a small bike repair shop in the village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for UNDP
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November 29, 2013 – Lvea village (Prey Veng). A boy brings his buffalos back home.