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Phnom Penh Water Festival 2016

As the rainy season came to an end and the flow of the Tonle Sap river slowly starts to reverse, Cambodians celebrate the “Bon Om Touk” – the annual water festival.

For three days, thousands of people flocked into the capital Phnom Penh to watch the 259 boats race against each others in front of King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Almost every town and village across Cambodia takes part in the festival, with the biggest and most important competitions held in the waters off the capital’s riverside.

The festival is a very popular Cambodian tradition that can be traced back centuries.

November 12, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People watch the training session of a boat one day before the beginning of the annual water festival. The festival takes place in November along the river side of Phnom Penh and marks a reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 12, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People watch the training session of a boat one day before the beginning of the annual water festival. The festival takes place in November along the river side of Phnom Penh and marks a reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A boat crew moves aboard its racing boat, warming up for the first day of racing of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A boat crew moves aboard its racing boat, warming up for the first day of racing of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A coach encourages his team ahead of the first day of racing of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A coach encourages his team ahead of the first day of racing of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People hang out in front of the Royal Palace, waiting for the fireworks show. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People hang out in front of the Royal Palace, waiting for the fireworks show. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the banks of the Tonle Sap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the banks of the Tonle Sap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Top officials watch the opening ceremony from the main VIP tent. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Top officials watch the opening ceremony from the main VIP tent. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Balloon sellers on the riverside. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Balloon sellers on the riverside. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni arrives at the opening ceremony of the festival, followed by Prime Minister Hun Sen. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni arrives at the opening ceremony of the festival, followed by Prime Minister Hun Sen. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people flocked to the riverside to assist the festival causing traffic congestion around the river side's area. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people flocked to the riverside to assist the festival causing traffic congestion around the river side’s area. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People are gathered in front of the Royal Palace to enjoy a fireworks show for the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People are gathered in front of the Royal Palace to enjoy a fireworks show for the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A team of racers has a moment of rest between competitions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A team of racers has a moment of rest between competitions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the riverside of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the riverside of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People follow the races through the screens of their smartphones. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). People follow the races through the screens of their smartphones. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Racing teams rest beneath the Japanese and Chinese bridges. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Racing teams rest beneath the Japanese and Chinese bridges. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Onlookers watch the racing boats from beneath the Japanese and Chinese bridges. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Onlookers watch the racing boats from beneath the Japanese and Chinese bridges. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Members of a boat racing team walk towards the tent camp built by the authorities for the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Members of a boat racing team walk towards the tent camp built by the authorities for the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A boat crew watches the races on a TV installed in one of the camp site used by the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A boat crew watches the races on a TV installed in one of the camp site used by the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A guy massages a friend inside the tent camp built by the authorities for the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 14, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A guy massages a friend inside the tent camp built by the authorities for the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Balloon sellers on the riverside. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Balloon sellers on the riverside. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Members of a racing team celebrate with dances and beers the end of the competitions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Members of a racing team celebrate with dances and beers the end of the competitions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the banks of the Tonle Sap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the banks of the Tonle Sap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Members of the security watch the VIP's main tent, where King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top officials are watching the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Members of the security watch the VIP’s main tent, where King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top officials are watching the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the banks of the Tonle Sap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people watch the beginning of the competitions from the banks of the Tonle Sap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). View of the VIP's main tent, where King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top officials are watching the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). View of the VIP’s main tent, where King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top officials are watching the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people gather on the river banks to enjoy a firework show for the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Thousands of people gather on the river banks to enjoy a firework show for the closing ceremony of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Actors wait to start their performance in the backstage of one of the stages installed in the biggest tent camp built for the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 15, 2016 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Actors wait to start their performance in the backstage of one of the stages installed in the biggest tent camp built for the participants of the festival. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Hei Neak Ta 2016

The Hei Neak Ta – or procession of the spirits – marks the end of the celebrations of the New Year for the Chinese community of Phnom Penh.

For the occasion, thousands of people flock into the streets and participate in a colourful and extravagant procession in which possessed spirit mediums are paraded among the crowd and bless local shops and houses.

 

For more information, my friend and colleague Dene Chen, wrote an article regarding this unusual ceremony in the Cambodia Daily.

 

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My 2014

Here I am, as usual at the end of December, trying to understand which pictures and stories marked the year that is ending.

No doubt, 2014 has been a remarkable year for Ruom and I, as I had the chance to collaborate with new clients like CNN Photos, Forbes, INK Global, Virginia Quarterly Review, Mashable, Ocean Quarterly Review (see some of my other publications here) and had several international assignments for humanitarian organisations such as WWF (in Vietnam and Cambodia) and USAID (in Nepal last November and Colombia and El Salvador next February).

I decided to use this blog post to share with you some of my favourite – and most of them unpublished – pictures and pieces of work I produced this year.

Cambodia, a look at change

The year started tragically, with the Cambodian government’s crack down on garment factory workers protesting for a better wage. On Friday 3 January military police fired at the protesters on Veng Sreng Street, in the south of Phnom Penh, killing at least 5 people and injuring more than 20.

 

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One of my picture of the 3rd of January’s clashes on The New York Times

Transgenders in Cambodia

In March, together with Ruom journalist Marta Kasztelan, I started an investigation on the LGBT community in Cambodia, with a special attention to transgenders. We’re still working on the project and we hope to be able to publish some of the material in the first months of 2015. Those below are some of the protagonists of our story.

 

August 08, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Champa is the first openly transgender boxer in Cambodia. Because of the discrimination she endures as a transgender boxer, she was forced to quit her profession and became a sex worker. She now earns her living educating sex workers about their rights and occasionally turning to sex work herself. She was diagnosed with HIV twelve years ago. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 08, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Champa is the first openly transgender boxer in Cambodia. Because of the discrimination she endures as a transgender boxer, she was forced to quit her profession and became a sex worker. She now earns her living educating sex workers about their rights and occasionally turning to sex work herself. She was diagnosed with HIV twelve years ago. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 24, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Roney and her friends get ready for a night out in a local disco. She’s a Cham muslim and since loosing her job at a garment factory, she became a sex workers to sustain her family. Although she’s accepted by her mother and most members of her community, she has been subjected to violence and harassment for years. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 24, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Roney and her friends get ready for a night out in a local disco. She’s a Cham muslim and since loosing her job at a garment factory, she became a sex workers to sustain her family. Although she’s accepted by her mother and most members of her community, she has been subjected to violence and harassment for years. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 12, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Skoal Ros Sneh, "Rolin", is part of the panel of judges for a music TV Show recorded at the CTN Studio, outside Phnom Penh.   © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 12, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Skoal Ros Sneh, “Rolin”, is part of the panel of judges for a music TV Show recorded at the CTN Studio, outside Phnom Penh.
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Fever Pitch

Also with Marta, I started a project about Nigerian football players in the Cambodian league.

March 05, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Players from National Police FC on their way to training. Like most football teams in Cambodia, National Police FC does not have its own stadium and often trains outside Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 05, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Players from National Police FC on their way to training. Like most football teams in Cambodia, National Police FC does not have its own stadium and often trains outside Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 11, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Nigerian football player, Samuel Oseika, during football training in Kandal Province. Players train on a daily basis, from 2pm to 4pm, often in extreme weather conditions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 11, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Nigerian football player, Samuel Oseika, during football training in Kandal Province. Players train on a daily basis, from 2pm to 4pm, often in extreme weather conditions. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 21, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Gabriel Ken Gadaffi sits in his office. He's a member of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, a couch for Western Uni FC and a football journalist. He is recognized for his contribution to sports in Cambodia by both the Nigerian community and the Cambodian authorities. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 21, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Gabriel Ken Gadaffi sits in his office. He’s a member of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, a couch for Western Uni FC and a football journalist. He is recognized for his contribution to sports in Cambodia by both the Nigerian community and the Cambodian authorities. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 13, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Amateur and professional football players from the "San Siro Football Association" play football near Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh. These friendly games take place on a daily basis and are an integral part of the social life of many African men living in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 13, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Amateur and professional football players from the “San Siro Football Association” play football near Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh. These friendly games take place on a daily basis and are an integral part of the social life of many African men living in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 02, 2014 - Phnom Penh. 23-year old Nelson Olatunde Oladisi drives in the traffic of Phnom Penh. He left Nigeria for Cambodia in 2009 and he played for four different Cambodian football clubs and most recently for a club in Fiji. Since returning to Cambodia in December 2013, he had turned down offers to play for Cambodian clubs due to the low remuneration offered. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 02, 2014 – Phnom Penh. 23-year old Nelson Olatunde Oladisi drives in the traffic of Phnom Penh. He left Nigeria for Cambodia in 2009 and he played for four different Cambodian football clubs and most recently for a club in Fiji. Since returning to Cambodia in December 2013, he had turned down offers to play for Cambodian clubs due to the low remuneration offered. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 05, 2014 - Phnom Penh. 34-year old Sammy Daniel Osaghe (right) is a member of the Christ Embassy Church band. Osaghe, who played football professionally in Nigeria for over a decade is a regular at the sermons of Pastor Prince Lenee Lahben. The pastor is known in the Nigerian expat community for his sermons during which he allegedly performs miracles and heals church-goers. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
April 05, 2014 – Phnom Penh. 34-year old Sammy Daniel Osaghe (right) is a member of the Christ Embassy Church band. Osaghe, who played football professionally in Nigeria for over a decade is a regular at the sermons of Pastor Prince Lenee Lahben. The pastor is known in the Nigerian expat community for his sermons during which he allegedly performs miracles and heals church-goers. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 29, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Club-goers during a party at African “Do It All“ club. The venue is known for playing West-African music and for attracting large crowds of men with a passion for dancing. During the day “Do it All“ operates as a restaurant and serves traditional African dishes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
March 29, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Club-goers during a party at African “Do It All“ club. The venue is known for playing West-African music and for attracting large crowds of men with a passion for dancing. During the day “Do it All“ operates as a restaurant and serves traditional African dishes. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.

Dreaming Singapore

At the end of April I flew to Jakarta and started to work on our fourth Ruom collective project together with Nicolas Axelrod and Micheal Malay.

Dreaming Singapore’ investigates the movement of migrants from Indonesia to Singapore, one of the busiest migratory pathways in Southeast Asia.
It follows three different women at various stages of their journey: from training centres in Indonesia, to daily life in Singapore, and finally the return home.

This multimedia project is enriched with in-depth interviews, video reportage, and photographs taken over a five month period. It weaves the experience of migrant workers with the people they meet during their journeys: social workers, employers, recruiting agencies, and government officials.

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Iran

In June I was able to spend one month in Iran. There I met extraordinary people and I visited some incredible places, a really memorable experience.

During the trip I documented the growing consumerism culture in the country and the photo essay I produced has been published on Al Jazeera, Mashable and recently on CNN Photos.

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Those are a very small selection of some of the travel pictures I took during my stay.

June 13, 2014 - Tehran (Iran). Female polo players are awarded after winning the 83rd Federation of the International Polo Ambassadors’ Cup, organised in a field located in the south of Tehran. Among the participants, Morgan Ru (wearing a yellow cap), the first American woman to play polo in Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 13, 2014 – Tehran (Iran). Female polo players are awarded after winning the 83rd Federation of the International Polo Ambassadors’ Cup, organised in a field located in the south of Tehran. Among the participants, Morgan Ru (wearing a yellow cap), the first American woman to play polo in Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 21, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals watch a World Cup match Iran vs Argentina in a kebab restaurant of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 21, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals watch a World Cup match Iran vs Argentina in a kebab restaurant of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 8, 2014 - Urmia (Iran). A sheperd with his sheeps around Urmia lake. Today, the lake is a shadow of its former self. Decades of poor water management, aggressive agricultural policies and drought have rendered it almost completely dried up. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 8, 2014 – Urmia (Iran). A sheperd with his sheeps around Urmia lake. Today, the lake is a shadow of its former self. Decades of poor water management, aggressive agricultural policies and drought have rendered it almost completely dried up. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 20, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals drive a 4x4 on the sand dunes of Mardabad in the outskirts of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 20, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals drive a 4×4 on the sand dunes of Mardabad in the outskirts of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 11, 2014 - Qom, Iran. A kid swims in a fountain close to the holy shrine of Qom, in central Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 11, 2014 – Qom, Iran. A kid swims in a fountain close to the holy shrine of Qom, in central Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 12, 2014 - Tehran (Iran). A woman walks in front of a light decoration installed to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mahdi. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 12, 2014 – Tehran (Iran). A woman walks in front of a light decoration installed to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mahdi. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals gathered at Jame Mosque of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals gathered at Jame Mosque of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Ha Giang

In September I spent a couple of weeks in the north of Vietnam, visiting one of the most remote and mountainous region of the country: Ha Giang.

I didn’t have the opportunity to publish this pictures (I’ll do it in the next weeks), yet, so here’s a brief preview.

 

September 18, 2014 - Yen Minh (Vietnam). The stunning view from the road between Tam Son and Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 18, 2014 – Yen Minh (Vietnam). The stunning view from the road between Tam Son and Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 18, 2014 - Yen Minh (Vietnam). Kids cut grass in a field outside Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 18, 2014 – Yen Minh (Vietnam). Kids cut grass in a field outside Yen Minh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

September 19, 2014 - Don Vang (Vietnam). A girl waits in a hairdresser in the center of Don Vang. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 19, 2014 – Don Vang (Vietnam). A girl waits in a hairdresser in the center of Don Vang. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

September 20, 2014 - Don Vang (Vietnam). A sheperd poses for a portrait on the road between Don Vang and Lung Cu, considered the northern point of Vietnam. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 20, 2014 – Don Vang (Vietnam). A sheperd poses for a portrait on the road between Don Vang and Lung Cu, considered the northern point of Vietnam. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

September 21, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Kids walk back home after school, crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass, between Dong Van and Meo Vac. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 21, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Kids walk back home after school, crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass, between Dong Van and Meo Vac. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 21, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals at the weekly market of Meo Vac. Each Sunday hundreds of people flock into town from the surrounding valleys walking for kilometers to sell and buy local products. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 21, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals at the weekly market of Meo Vac. Each Sunday hundreds of people flock into town from the surrounding valleys walking for kilometers to sell and buy local products. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals harvest a rice field in the outskirts of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals harvest a rice field in the outskirts of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). A dentist operates a patient in the small village of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). A dentist operates a patient in the small village of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

Namaste Nepal

I then flew to Kathmandu for a week assignment for USAID (I hope to publish some of the material I produced soon).

In my brief stay to Nepal I wasn’t able to visit much, but I was really amazed by the few things I saw.

 

November 20, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Devotees pray in the early morning inside the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Young monks play outside a monastery near the Swayambunath Stupa, better known as "Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Young monks play outside a monastery near the Swayambunath Stupa, better known as “Monkey Temple” in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

My pics fly high

In the last few months I had the opportunity to start collaborating with Ink Global, the world’s leader inflight and travel related magazines producer.

So far I received 3 assignments covering Cambodia for Fah Thai Magazine (Bangkok Airways) and Tiger Tales Asia (Tiger Airways).

I have been travelling to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with Paul and his lovely family for Tiger Tales Asia:


March 31, 2014 - Siem Reap. Visiting Bayon Temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 – Siem Reap. Visiting Bayon Temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 - Siem Reap. Visiting Bayon Temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 – Siem Reap. Visiting Bayon Temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 - Siem Reap. Visiting Ta Prohm temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 – Siem Reap. Visiting Ta Prohm temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 - Siem Reap. Visiting Ta Prohm temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 – Siem Reap. Visiting Ta Prohm temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 - Siem Reap. Visiting Angkor Wat temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
March 31, 2014 – Siem Reap. Visiting Angkor Wat temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Orussey Market. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Orussey Market. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Activities at the Kids City. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Activities at the Kids City. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Activities at the Kids City. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Activities at the Kids City. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Tiger Airways Magazine



Here’s the tearsheet:

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Visited the Sterling Pepper Farm in Kampot for Fah Thai Magazine:


© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
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© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Pepper Crab. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Pepper Crab. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014



Here’s the tearsheet:

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And enjoyed a day trip to Silk Island for Fah Thai Magazine:


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Any Chun works at the loom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Any Chun works at the loom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Sokha Chun works at the loom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Sokha Chun works at the loom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Kathink Chun prepares a thread. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014
Kathink Chun prepares a thread. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom for Fah Thai Magazine 2014

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Here’s the tearsheet:

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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
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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.

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). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing 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), starts preparing 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 2013.
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 2013.
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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo 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), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo 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), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A man 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). A man 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia).  Horses are prepared 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). Horses are prepared 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders 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). Horse riders 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse 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). Horse 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch 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). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider 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). A buffalo rider 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 2013.
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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider competes 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). A horse rider competes 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider 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). A buffalo rider 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider 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). A horse rider 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse 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). Horse 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider 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). A horse rider 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 2013.
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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse 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). Horse 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 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.

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A convulse day of protests in Phnom Penh

Here’s my reportage about the intense day of protests and clashes that occurred in Phnom Penh last Sunday after the first day of protest organised by the CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) to contest the election results. Sadly the result was tragic as one young man was killed a few meters from us and at least 3 others were injured with bullet wounds.

Here’s an article of the Cambodia Daily in which I tell some of the tragic facts I witnessed.

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15/09/2013 - 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 2013.
15/09/2013 – 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 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Police prevents the access to Norodom Boulevard to opposition supporters with barricades of barb wires. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Police prevents the access to Norodom Boulevard to opposition supporters with barricades of barb wires. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - 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 2013.
15/09/2013 – 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 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Onlookers watch as opposition party supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the results of the Cambodian elections. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Onlookers watch as opposition party supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the results of the Cambodian elections. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha march hand by hand through the streets of Phnom Penh starting a 3 day protest to contest the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha march hand by hand through the streets of Phnom Penh starting a 3 day protest to contest the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Monks bless opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Monks bless opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP supporters cheer opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP supporters cheer opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy, leader of the CNRP, addresses riot police in front of a barricade as he and supporters marched to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy, leader of the CNRP, addresses riot police in front of a barricade as he and supporters marched to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Anti riot police prepare their rifles with gas canisters when they realized people passed through the barricades. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Anti riot police prepare their rifles with gas canisters when they realized people passed through the barricades. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march on the riverside of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march on the riverside of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march towars the Wat Phnom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march towars the Wat Phnom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy prays in the pagoda on Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy prays in the pagoda on Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades police put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades police put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Soldiers tear down barb-wire. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Soldiers tear down barb-wire. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades and are targeted by water cannons. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades and are targeted by water cannons. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters thrown stones and coconuts against the police. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters thrown stones and coconuts against the police. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Police starts shooting tear gas to prevent CNRP protesters to pass through the barricades they put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Police starts shooting tear gas to prevent CNRP protesters to pass through the barricades they put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh.  Police retrocedes after the attack with tear gas. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Police retrocedes after the attack with tear gas. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh.  Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition party, talks with CNRP supporters and convince them to pacifically leave the area and going back to Freedom Park. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition party, talks with CNRP supporters and convince them to pacifically leave the area and going back to Freedom Park. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A protestor, Mao Chan (29), allegedly shot by riot police lays on the road after 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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A protestor, Mao Chan (29), allegedly shot by riot police lays on the road after 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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
People are detained by police after 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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
People are detained by police after 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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Riot police gather after 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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Riot police gather after 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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

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And the Anachakdara 2013 goes to…

A sneak peek into the Anachakdara 2013, the Khmer Star Awards. The ceremony, held in the Koh Pich Theatre of Phnom Penh, was attended by some of the most famous local stars and V.I.P.

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15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

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First public appearance of Cambodian PM Hun Sen after the elections

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds of meters from the place where violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh.

In his speech he said he will welcome an international investigation into the results of Sunday’s General Elections.

More info on Cambodia Daily and The Phnom Penh Post

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Military station in front of Stung Meanchey pagoda, in the south of Phnom Penh, where rioting broke out during Sunday’s election. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Military station in front of Stung Meanchey pagoda, in the south of Phnom Penh, where rioting broke out during Sunday’s election. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
National and International journalist surround Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during his first public appearance after the election day, in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
National and International journalists surround Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during his first public appearance after the election day, in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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Sam Rainsy invites Cambodians to register voter irregularities

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy claims his party won 63 seats in the country’s general election and invited anyone who had suffered voter irregularities, to register them in order to create a database and make a case against the National Electoral Commitee (NEC).

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Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha invite the population to register their electoral irregularities at the CNRP's headquarter in Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha invite people to register their electoral irregularities at the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
A CNRP's supporter shows her ID Card. She wasn't able to vote as her name didn't appear on the voter lists. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
A CNRP’s supporter shows her ID Card. She wasn’t able to vote as her name didn’t appear on the voter lists. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters easily clean their fingers from the supposedly indelible ink they used to vote on last Sunday's elections. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters show how easily they can clean their fingers from what was supposedly indelible ink used to vote in the country’s July 28th, 2013 general election. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Mo Sochua, one of the leader of the opposition party, addresses the press and the population to register their electoral irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Mo Sochua, one of the leaders of the opposition party, addresses the press and crowds who have gathered to register their electoral irregularities.. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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