Poverty And Violence In Cambodia

Ministries and child protection non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cambodia have established a joint-committee for the implementation of the Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children 2017-2021.The Action Plan highlights an array of situations of violence against children in the kingdom including physical and sexual violence, child neglect, child marriage, trafficking and labour, and online child sexual exploitation, among others.While Cambodia has certainly been im

29 October 2020

When Teachers Prey

Back in May, a Thai woman reported at a local police station that her 14-year-old granddaughter had been raped over the course of more than a year. The attacks, said to have been perpetuated by five teachers and two male alumni occurred several times at the girl’s school in north-eastern Thailand.

28 October 2020

'Passengers' Dine On Parked Singapore Airlines Jet

Hundreds of travel-starved diners ate lunch and watched seat-back films aboard two parked Singapore Airlines jets turned into pop-up restaurants on Saturday.With the aviation industry in deep crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, airlines have turned to alternative ways to raise cash, from offering "flights to nowhere" to tours of aircraft.Singapore's flag carrier, which has cut thousands of jobs and grounded nearly all its planes this year, offered passengers the chance to d

25 October 2020

Protecting Indonesia’s Children

Indonesia’s National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI) had received 1,192 reports of violence, including physical, psychological or sexual abuse towards children in the first half of 2019.Unfortunately, as the current coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay home, some children living with violent parents or guardians have found themselves increasingly at risk of abuse.In July, I Gusti Bintang Ayu Puspayoga, Indonesia’s Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister said that at

24 October 2020

Floods Kill 111 In Central Vietnam

More than 100 people have died and 20 others are missing in central Vietnam following weeks of severe flooding and landslides, authorities said Wednesday, as the country braced for yet another storm this weekend.About 178,000 homes have been submerged by floodwaters, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with rescuers mounting a desperate bid to get food and drinking water to those cut off.Roads, infrastructure and crops in the central region have

22 October 2020

Breast Cancer Amid The Pandemic

Every year in October, pink ribbons are distributed as part of a public awareness campaign aimed at reminding women across the globe to head for a breast examination in order to combat breast cancer. 2020’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns have mainly shifted to social media and online as most nations are currently practicing social isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

19 October 2020

ASEAN’s Booming Meth Trade

According to the United Nations (UN), the market for synthetic drugs, including methamphetamine (meth), continues to grow in most ASEAN member states and across Asia despite the COVID-19 pandemic."While the world has shifted its attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, all indications are that production and trafficking of synthetic drugs and chemicals continue at record levels in the region," said Jeremy Douglas of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Drug trade in the Golden Triang

17 October 2020

The New ‘Flights To Nowhere’ Trend

“I never believed the aviation industry could be hit this hard,” said Tony Fernandes, co-founder of AirAsia Group in an interview with news agency AFP back in July. Nearly all industries around the world have felt the pinch from the coronavirus pandemic – some more than others.

16 October 2020

Cambodia’s Deadly Flash Floods

2020 is proving to be a challenging year. Livelihoods, businesses and government operations have all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over one million lives worldwide.

14 October 2020

Sleeping In Cars Can Kill You

Imagine going on a road trip with your family or a small group of friends. The drive to the intended destination perhaps would take you about six to eight hours to reach, so you take multiple stops at gas stations to rest, or maybe to take a nap. Everything seems harmless, until all the passengers, including you, the driver… fall asleep in the engine-running car.Just last month, a similar tragedy happened in Malaysia that shocked locals.

13 October 2020

18 Dead In Thailand Bus-Train Collision

At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 injured in Thailand on Sunday when a freight train crashed into a bus taking passengers to a religious ceremony, officials said.The morning collision, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the capital, Bangkok, toppled the bus and sheared off part of its roof. More than 40 passengers were rushed to nearby medical facilities for treatment, said provincial hospital director Sombat Chutimanukul."Four are in critical condition and ei

12 October 2020