A short gallery of images from the trip, photographed by Nicolas while he was sitting in a car, waiting for a train to pass or simply not shooting the commissioned video or still images. Once the commissioned project is published, we will share more of our work in India.Read More
Kampot province produces salt for the local market - a total of 80,000 tons of salt per year from more then 3 million hectares of land is distributed around the country.Read More
It's been a very exciting year for us, with our members working on stories in fifteen countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Having produced a really diverse range of material we wanted to share some of our favourite stories with you, which is why we decided to create the first annual Ruom Magazine.
We tried to make it as engaging as possible so hopefully everyone will find something that fits their social reportage appetite in here.Read More
After a three year hiatus Bon Om Touk, or the Cambodian Water Festival, returned to the Kingdom last week. Meant to mark the the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap river – and the associated fishing and agricultural fertility that brings – the festival is one of the biggest holidays in Cambodia. Over three days of races, long boat crews from all over Cambodia converge on the capital, seeking to win honour (and hopefully a piece of the prize money) for their home towns. Despite the historical and cultural importance of the festival, the tragic stampede incident in 2010, which saw roughly 250 dead and 750 injured led to the suspension of the event for three years – though strong arguments could be made that the government, fearing large gatherings of people during the past year of civil unrest, had ulterior motives for cancelling last year’s celebration.Read More
Thank you to every one who was able to attend Wednesday’s panel-discussion “Bridging the Gap - Collaboration Between Media and Development” at the Meta House.
We had great panel of experts from both the journalism and development sectors. Giving voice to the humanitarian industry, Sharon Wilkinson has worked for more then 25 years in the in both Asia and Africa, and Jon Morales is a program manager from the Asia Foundation.Read More
The last few days have been some of the most dramatic in Cambodia’s recent history. Not since 1998 has the country seen such violence. Wide-spread and large-scale protests combined with strong anti-government sentiments created a powder keg environment, and the police crackdown on garment factory workers, and others protesting on their behalf, was the spark that set it all off.Read More
“Monks must not fuck,” he said, his round bespectacled face full of humor. We were getting a crash course on the fundaments of life as a Buddhist monk, the popping of Redbull cans echoed in the open space of the pagoda’s dining hall. The large room, divided into inadvertent sections by ornately decorated pillars, was full of people in various states of fatigue – the citizen activists finishing styrofoam containers of rice and dried fish, the monks downing 250ml energy drinks.Read More
Not everyone is a jack-of-all-trades. Most people are lucky to become exceptionally good at even one thing in their lives, and the same is true of photographers and journalists. I’ve focused so much on creative output – the production of photography and writing – that I have avoided developing the business and marketing skills necessary to quickly grow my business (yes, journalism is a business). Don’t misunderstand; my brand is expanding steadily, but along the way I have missed out on opportunities that I should have seized had I been more administratively aware.Read More
Cambodian National Rescue Party starts its second 3-day protest against the irregularities in the July 2013 Parliamentary Elections, with a gathering in Freedom Park and a march to the UN OHCHR office to deliver a petition with over 2 million thumbprints collected in the last weeks all over the country.Read More
Here's a collection of our tearsheets from different online publications about the recent clashes and protests in Phnom Penh.Read More
An altercation between angry commuters trying to get home past road blocks degenerated in to chaos, protestors threw projectiles at riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. One protestor was shot dead, and people were injured, the fighting lasted well into the night, with the last reported outbreak around 1.30 am.Read More
Hundreds of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters marched from Freedom Park to the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom. Supporters confronted police and passed through barricades that were meant to prevent people from marching.Read More
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy started a planned three-day protest with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh together with thousands of supporters to contest the election results.Read More
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha from the Cambodia National Rescue Party held speeches at Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh 9 days after the 2013 Cambodian general elections. The CNRP are contesting the preliminary election results that found the ruling CPP party to have a 68 seat majority in parliament. Sam Rainsy told the large crowd gathered in the park that there would be no more negotiations with the CPP until they had admitted defeat, and that large scale demonstrations would ensure if they refused.Read More
CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) president Sam Rainsy finally returned to Cambodia after four years of self-imposed exile. Tens of thousands of supporters waving flags and wearing white caps with the party's logo, lined the road for kilometres from Pochentong airport and greed with joy at his passage.
We will follow Sam Rainsy for the next days in his tour around the provinces, trying to figure out if his return could be determined for the results of this political elections.Read More