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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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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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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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Last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013

Thousands of Cambodians invade the streets of the capital Phnom Penh to participate in the last day of campaign of the two main Cambodian parties: the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) and the opposition CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) .

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CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
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 2013
CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Thousands CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters wait 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 2013
Thousands CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Thousands CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters wait 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 2013
CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
A group of CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters wait 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 2013
Traditional Apsara dancers perform during a rally organized by the CPP (Cambodia People's Party) at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Apsara dancers perform during a rally organized by the CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Kep Chuktema (in the middle), the former governor of Phnom Penh, the CPP (Cambodian People's Party) top candidate for the National Assembly, during a rally organized in the last day of the campaign for the Cambodian Election.
Kep Chuktema (in the middle), the former governor of Phnom Penh, the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) top candidate for the National Assembly, during a rally organized in the last day of the campaign for the Cambodian Election. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters parade in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters parade in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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.
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 2013
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party’s supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party’s supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party’s supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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.
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 2013
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.
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 2013
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.
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 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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.
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 2013
Buddhist monks on the stage of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) rally at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013
Buddhist monks on the stage of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) rally at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy comes back to Cambodia after 4 years of exile

CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) president Sam Rainsy finally returned to Cambodia after four years of self-imposed exile.

Tens of thousands of supporters waving flags and wearing white caps with the party’s logo, lined the road for kilometres from Pochentong airport and greed with joy at his passage.

I will follow Sam Rainsy for the next days in his tour around the provinces, trying to figure out if his return could be determined for the results of this political elections.

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Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha cheer the thousands of supporters of the CNRP party, who filled the street of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha cheer the thousands of supporters of the CNRP party, who filled the street of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Buddhist moks salute the return of Sam Rainsy, the leader of the CNRP party, after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Buddhist moks salute the return of Sam Rainsy, the leader of the CNRP party, after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Aerial view of the Freedom Park of Phnom Penh were the CNRP party stages a huge rally in honor of their leader Sam Rainsy, who come back to Cambodia after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Aerial view of the Freedom Park of Phnom Penh were the CNRP party stages a huge rally in honor of their leader Sam Rainsy, who come back to Cambodia after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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First week of campaigning for the Cambodian General Elections 2013

The three major Cambodian political parties, CPP (Cambodian People’s Party), CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) and the royalists FUNCINPEC, started their respective campaigns in the capital Phnom Penh, ahead of the upcoming general election scheduled for the 28th July, 2013.

Together with my fellow Ruom collective photographer Nicolas Axelrod, we will continue to cover this important event for all month till the day of the elections.

For all the updates regarding the coverage of the Cambodian General Elections 2013, don’t miss to take a look at our archive (with all the pictures we took so far), to follow us on our Facebook’s Page and Blog

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CPP's (Cambodian People Party) supporters arrive on Koh Pich Island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
CPP’s (Cambodian People Party) supporters arrive on Koh Pich Island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen cheers CPP (Cambodian People Party) supporters minutes ahead the beginning of the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen cheers CPP (Cambodian People Party) supporters minutes ahead the beginning of the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Young dancers dressed as doves prepares themself for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Young dancers dressed as doves prepares themself for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
CPP (Cambodian's People Party) meeting on Koh Pich island on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
CPP (Cambodian’s People Party) meeting on Koh Pich island on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian's People Party) release balloons for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian’s People Party) release balloons for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Kep Chuktema, the former governor of Phnom Penh, the CPP (Cambodian People Party) top candidate for the National Assembly. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Kep Chuktema, the former governor of Phnom Penh, the CPP (Cambodian People Party) top candidate for the National Assembly. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian's People Party) gathered for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian’s People Party) gathered for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian's People Party) dance on a truck for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian’s People Party) dance on a truck for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian People Party) parade in the streets of Phnom Penh on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian People Party) parade in the streets of Phnom Penh on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
A young supporter of the FUNCINPEC party, waits the beginning of a party's parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 03 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
A young supporter of the FUNCINPEC party, waits the beginning of a party’s parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 03 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Princess Norodom Arunrasmey, daughter of late king Norodom Sihanouk and head of the royalist party, FUNCIPENC, cheers her supporters during a parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 03 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Princess Norodom Arunrasmey, daughter of late king Norodom Sihanouk and head of the royalist party, FUNCIPENC, cheers her supporters during a parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 03 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Supporters of the FUNCINPEC, the royalist party, during a parade through the streets of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. 03 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Supporters of the FUNCINPEC, the royalist party, during a parade through the streets of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. 03 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief, Choun Sovann seen in front of the house of a senior military police official’s house. CNRP supporters were allegedly attacked and 7-8 gun shots were fired during the rally. 05 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief, Choun Sovann seen in front of the house of a senior military police official’s house. CNRP supporters were allegedly attacked and 7-8 gun shots were fired during the rally. 05 July 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CPP's (Cambodia People's Party) Youth movement, gather at Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh, for an concert offered by the party. 06/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CPP’s (Cambodia People’s Party) Youth movement, gather at Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh, for an concert offered by the party. 06/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CPP's (Cambodia People's Party) Youth movement, gather at Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh, for an concert offered by the party. 06/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CPP’s (Cambodia People’s Party) Youth movement, gather at Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh, for an concert offered by the party. 06/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Members of the CPP's (Cambodia People's Party) Youth movement, jump on a motorbike for a parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 06/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Members of the CPP’s (Cambodia People’s Party) Youth movement, jump on a motorbike for a parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 06/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodia People's Party) in front of the Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) in front of the Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A thousand members of the Youth movement of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), the major opposition party, parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A thousand members of the Youth movement of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), the major opposition party, parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Members of the Youth movement of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), parade in front of CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supportes gathered at Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Members of the Youth movement of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), parade in front of CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supportes gathered at Wat Botum park in central Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP's (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP’s (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP's (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP’s (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP's (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP’s (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP's (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Thousands members of the CNRP’s (Cambodia National Rescue Party) Youth movement, gathered this afternoon at the Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for a rally. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Members of the Youth movement of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), the major opposition party, parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Members of the Youth movement of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), the major opposition party, parade through the streets of Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporter tries to interrupt a pacific parade organized by the main opposition party (CNRP) through the streets of Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporter tries to interrupt a pacific parade organized by the main opposition party (CNRP) through the streets of Phnom Penh. 07/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

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Phnom Penh is on fire (part 2)!

Living just a few meters from the Phnom Penh’s Fire Station, allowed me in the past to realise if someone had been playing with fire around the city (and documented it).

And it has just happened a couple of hours ago! I heard the sirens, followed the trucks and I found myself in the middle of a battle against a big blaze broken up in the XO Club, a huge Karaoke bar nearby the Russian Market…

Here’s visual reportage:

and don’t miss “Phnom Penh is on fire (part 1)”

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01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The blaze broken out a few meter aways from a petrol station. Hopefully nothing happened!
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – People helping firefighters to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 - The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .
01/07/2013 – The fire brigade of Phnom Penh tries to extinguish a blaze broken out in the XO Club nearby the Russian Market .

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Ruom Collective

“RUOM” is a Khmer word meaning all together, or going together.

From this concept, in early 2013, the Australian photographer (and friend) Nicolas Axelrod and me, decided to found the RUOM Collective.

A space of interaction between professionals, bringing together journalists, researchers, videographers, and photographers, the collective is an open platform offering an opportunity to exchange and share information, giving multiple visions and more depth to long-term projects. The collective is based (for the moment) in Cambodia but always open to finding new projects on which to collaborate with people and professionals who share the same vision, objectives and sensitivity to mutual enrich common works.

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Please also join us on Facebook and Twitter to see what we are up to!

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Our first collective work has been a story called “Blood Sugar” on the life in the Cambodian sugar cane plantations, a reportage on and off over a 4 month period made in collaboration with the French journalist Clothilde Le Coz.

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

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We then spent almost 3 weeks in Myanmar (Burma), documenting the rise of the anti-Muslim Buddhist movement “969”. The gallery will be made public in the coming days, but in the meantime here is a little preview:

Families are escorted back to a camp that holds Muslims who have been displaced by the violence that took place at the end of March in Meikhtila. 12 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom Collective
Families are escorted back to a camp that holds Muslims who have been displaced by the violence that took place at the end of March in Meikhtila. 12 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom Collective

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At the moment we are together documenting the 2013 Cambodian Political Elections in collaboration with The Cambodia Daily.

Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian's People Party) release balloons for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013
Supporters of the CPP (Cambodian’s People Party) release balloons for the opening ceremony on Koh Pich island (Phnom Penh) on the first day of the 2013 Cambodian Legislative Election campaign. 27 June 2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / RUOM 2013

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Orphanage Tourism in Cambodia for Nido Magazin

Last March, I was contacted by the German Magazine “Nido” to make a reportage about the increasing phenomena of the Orphanage Tourism in Cambodia.

The work, made together with the journalist Anke Helle, is featured on the June’s issue.

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Here are the pictures chosen by the photo editor if you want to take a better look.

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© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.
© Thomas Cristofoletti for Nido Magazin 2013.

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