Delegates at the forum

Faith Groups Join Forces to Combat Human Trafficking

The second Cambodia National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking took place on 30 August 2018.

The event brought together government officials, leaders of different faith groups and non-governmental organisations working against trafficking. The forum was presided over by Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the National Committee for Countering Trafficking.

The main purposes of the forum were threefold:

  • to raise awareness and knowledge of trafficking-related issues;
  • to promote broader engagement and participation of different faith groups, the general public and stakeholders to combat trafficking;
  • to advocate the government to observe the day as the “national interfaith prayer day against trafficking”.

CCC was represented at the event by Mission Co-ordinator Ms Huot Chanthoeun.

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Angkar: UK Premiere

Born from a forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime, director Neary Adeline Hay travels back to Cambodia with her father, Khonsaly, to face his former Khmer Rouge persecutors. In Ta Saeng, the detention village that they lived together in as prisoners over forty years before, Khonsaly and the remaining inhabitants recount the workings of the sites that became theatres for the deaths of millions. In a contemplative, artful piece of testimony, Hay and her father produce a personal and poetic treatise on the need to record and reactivate memory and not forget the past, however painful it may be.

The Open City Documentary Festival is screening the UK premiere of Angkar with a Q&A with director Neary Adeline Hay at Picturehouse Central, Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7DH, at 8:30 on Thursday 6 September.

Flooding in Siem Pang, Stung Treng

Floodwater from Lao Dam Collapse Displaces Thousands in Cambodia

Water released after the collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Dam in south-east Laos has caused a dramatic rise in water level in the Sekong River flowing through Cambodia’s Stung Treng province.

By 3:10 pm on 26 July 2018, the river level in Siem Pang district was above the danger level at 12.1 metres. Cambodia’s state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Stung Treng provincial authority was working around the clock to evacuate about 25,000 residents from the danger area.

On 27 July, authorities reported that 1,289 families were so far affected by flooding. Local media reported a shortage of tents, food, clean water and items related to sanitation.

Heavy rain contributed to a rise in the Mekong River.

By 29 August, 30 people had died as  result of flooding, 99,685 families had been affected, 41,344 ha of farms had been inundated and 16,804 ha of farmland had been damaged according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.

Meanwhile, eight provinces were affected by drought.

Cambodian Communities out of Crisis appeals for donations to provide assistance to people affected by the flooding. Money that is given will be channelled through our trusted Cambodian partner, the Living Hope in Christ Church.

You can send a donation at www.give.net/sekong, or visit our Giving page for more options.

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Bella

Bella: Rescued for a Purpose

When Bella was only 12, she was tricked into leaving her home to work as a house cleaner for a woman who ended up beating her and trafficking her for sex. After years of abuse, Bella was rescued and eventually came to an Agape International Missions (AIM) restoration home where she witnessed Christ’s love and began to recognise her value.

Now married with a baby daughter, Bella offers exploited women the same freedom she once received by working as an AIM social worker.

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Expanded Anti-Trafficking Role for AIM

Our friends in Agape International Missions have recently expanded their work of combating human trafficking in Cambodia.

Billy Scanlan explains how this has happened:

In 2014, we were given permission to work with the Cambodian Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJPP) to rescue trafficked girls and women and arrest traffickers. God provided the funding, the staff, and the legal permission, and by March 2018 – just 4 years later – AIM SWAT has been responsible for rescuing over 700 people from trafficking!

Recently, we learned that God has even greater plans in store for the AIM SWAT Team.

In the beginning of this year, we were honored to be invited to assist the Cambodian Government in cases that involve traffickers selling someone living in Cambodia to another country for exploitative purposes. This includes cases of sex trafficking and all other forms of human trafficking.

AIM SWAT’s collaboration and close relationship with the Cambodian AHTJPP opened the door for the team to help in these other areas. We have already begun working with and supporting police in other departments and areas of the country; In March, two young girls were rescued along the border with Thailand, and in April AIM SWAT assisted AHTJPP in Phnom Penh with the arrests of two high-profile Vietnamese traffickers and rescue of two Vietnamese minors.

There will be a sizeable increase in the cost of operating the AIM SWAT Team across a much larger geographic area and taking on additional cases, but once again God has been faithful to provide! When AIM was asked to step into this expanded role, our faithful partners at Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) offered to provide the financial backing we needed to make it happen.

We are honoured for this opportunity and look forward to sharing more stories of rescued lives.

[From an article on the AIM web site]