Huot Chanthoeun at the Combating Trafficking Forum

CCC Country Director Attends Combating Human Trafficking Forum

CCC Country Director Huot Chanthoeun participated in the third Cambodia National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking on14 August. The forym was covened by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, who reported that police had tackled 78 cases of human trafficking and saved 263 victims in the first six months of this year. That represented increases of 25 and 148 per cent respectively, compared to the same period last year. Phnom Penh municipal and provincial courts had sentenced 101 people to prison and released 25 on bail. Another 63 cases are pending.

In his address to the forum, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng urged the freezing of assets of those involved in human trafficking and other crimes. The minister called for collaboration between the authorities and faith groups to help fight against trafficking. The appeal came after the US Department of Defence downgraded Cambodia’s ranking to Tier 2 in its watch list.

 

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The Love Phnom Penh Festival Needs Your Prayers

Preparations for the Love Phnom Penh Festival, to be held in the capital city of Cambodia later this year, continue apace. The focus of the festival will be large-scale public meetings at which Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, will be the speaker.

In recent weeks, events have been held to inform and mobilise the church for the festival, including

  • Sunday School Teachers’ Meetings
  • Business and Professional Leaders’ Dinner
  • Youth Gathering
  • Pastors’ Prayer Luncheon (attended by one of the Prime Minister’s sons)
Pastors' prayer luncheon

Pastors’ prayer luncheon

The festival aims to attract people from outside the capital and festival involvement seminars have been held in the provinces as well as in Phnom Penh churches.

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A festival involvement seminar in Kampong Chhnang Province

September will see the first Christian Life and Witness Course, designed to help Christians reignite their faith and share it with others, and in October there will be a major children’s event.

Local Christians meet to pray for the festival each week.

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Please pray with them:

  1. For a resolution of uncertainties concerning official permission for the main festival meetings to take place, which may have to come from the highest level of government, and the availability of a sufficiently large-capacity venue.
  2. For the provision of a visa for Franklin Graham to enter Cambodia.
  3. For the detailed preparations taking place.
  4. For the mobilisation and equipping of Cambodian Christians.
  5. For many people to hear and respond to the gospel, be followed up effectively and be added to the church.
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Cambodian Church Requests Prayer for Evangelistic Crusade

Nearly five decades ago, a Cambodian man addressed the Keswick Convention and issued a plea to British Christians from the Cambodian church. Taing Chhirc requested prayer for Cambodia, then in the grip of a civil war. Within two years he had been martyred, beaten to death by Khmer Rouge soldiers at the beginning of nearly four years of genocide.

Today the Cambodian church is again asking to us pray, but this time in a season of opportunity and hope, not despair.

This year, at the invitation of a group of Cambodian church leaders, Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), will proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ at the Love Phnom Penh Festival in Cambodia from 15 to 17 November.

“Christian history in Cambodia has been written with blood,” said Viktor Hamm, BGEA’s vice president of crusade ministries. “Atrocities committed against Christians in the 70s [under the Khmer Rouge] are well documented. Yet, the Word of God can’t be bound, and God’s remnant will always be present, no matter the circumstances and opposition.”

This historic event will give Christians a chance to celebrate and share their faith in Christ—something that cost Taing Chhirc his life.

“We are asking all Christians to pray for this historic effort,” added Hamm, a request echoed by the Cambodian organisers and one with which, had he survived, Taing Chhirc would have been in hearty agreement.

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A Stark Choice for Cambodia’s Surrogates

Babies born through surrogacy in Cambodia are in limbo after their birth mothers were accused of human trafficking. Who will take responsibility for them now?

Listen to The Documentary Podcast from the BBC World Service.

In a Cambodian hospital, a group of terrified new mothers nurse tiny babies under the watch of police guards. They’re surrogates, desperately poor women promised $10,000 to bear children for parents in China. But they were arrested under new anti-trafficking rules, and now they face an agonising choice: either they agree to keep children they didn’t want and can’t easily afford to bring up, children who aren’t genetically theirs, or they honour their surrogacy contracts and face up to 20 years in jail. Tim Whewell reports on the suffering as country after country in Asia cracks down on commercial surrogacy and asks whether Cambodia’s detained mothers are criminals or victims.

(Image: Former Cambodian surrogate Va-Tei: “I feel really sad that I had to give the baby away.” Credit: BBC)

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Support CCC on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is the day to do good stuff for charity. This year it falls on Tuesday 27 November.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday arrived in the UK in 2014. Since then, the day has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

Giving Tuesday now runs in over 70 countries around the world including the US, Canada, Russia, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia and Brazil.

Why not give Black Friday and Cyber Monday a rest and spare a thought for the people of Cambodia?

There are many ways you can give to CCC. Head to our Giving page to find out more.

One day to make a world of difference