Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cambodia fights to eliminate childhood malnutrition - From the eyes of a UNICEF nutritionist

By Miriam Iuell Dahl

PURSAT, Cambodia, June 2014 – With over 40% of Cambodia’s children under the age of 5 chronically malnourished, 11% suffering from acute malnutrition, and 28% underweight*, it is needless to say that something needs to be done. One of my tasks, working at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition section at UNICEF, is to evaluate the management and treatment of malnutrition in the country.

Interviewing a mother and her 11 month old daughter at a hospital in Kampong Cham
© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Miriam Iuell Dahl

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cambodian migrants: A story of fear and uncertain futures

By Anne-Sophie Galli and Hun Sovadhanak



Photos: © UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Heang Path/Hun Sovadhanak/Seng Vanna

It was in the middle of the night when Sophoan* and her family left everything behind. They took with them just one bag with clothes and money as their taxi rushed towards the Thai-Cambodian border. The last four kilometres, they journeyed by foot. Their Thai taxi driver refused to go any further to avoid the border officers from establishing any connection between him and his customers. “He was afraid we’d get him into trouble”, 40 year old Sophoan says and adds: “We were illegal.”

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Community preschools benefit Cambodian children and parents

By Victoria Enström and Hun Sovadhanak

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/VictoriaEnstrom
Che Al, with her daughters Lina, 4 and Lino 2, values the early learning her children receive at the community preschool.

KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia, 29 May 2014 – Che Al is very proud that her two daughters, Lina, 4, and Lino, 2, both attend preschool in their community. “The community preschool is good not only for the students to learn, but also for us parents to get time to go to work”, says the 33 year old mother from Chamnar Leu commune in Kampong Thom province.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Growing up in Cambodia: Sokha, 13, Kampong Speu province

As told by Eva Khattri

Sokha, aged 13, wants to become a police officer when he grows up.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Eva Khattri

My name is Sokha and I am 13 years old. I live with my older sister who is married. My parents are construction workers in Thailand. My other sister and my two brothers live with them in Thailand. My parents send me money so that I can go to school.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Growing up in Cambodia: Sreynuon, 12, Kampong Speu province

As told by Eva Khattri


Sreynuon, aged 12, wants to complete her education and become a teacher.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Eva Khattri


My name is Sreynuon and I am 12 years old. I am from Sdok commune of Kong Peseiy District in Kampong Speu province. I have lived here all my life.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Children's Day - What do Cambodian children wish for



Today is Children's Day in Cambodia. To mark the day we asked children in Kampong Cham what they wish for. This is what they said...

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Anne-Sophie Galli