Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twenty-five years later: is Cambodia a better place for children?

By Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 20 November 2014 — All children have one thing in common: their rights. And by this I mean the right to life, health, education, protection and play. These are all fundamental children’s rights that were acknowledged for the first time on a global scale twenty-five years ago, with a document called the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In this document the world recognised that children are not possessions, but people who have human rights and agreed to protect these rights of our children, the next generation of parents and leaders.

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Anne-Sophie Galli

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Religious leader in Cambodia campaigns to end violence against children

By Anne-Sophie Galli

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Anne-Sophie Galli
“I deeply regret what I did to my children,” says Pastor Sreng Sophal seen here praying in his church.

KANDAL, Cambodia, 4 November 2014 – As a former military officer, there was a time when Sreng Sophal had it all: money, power and a group of soldiers who reported to him. At home, if his own children refused to follow his commands, he would beat them. In Sreng Sophal’s world violence was standard. “Beating my children was normal to me – like for most people here”, he said. “I was hit by my dad and he was hit by his parents and teachers.”