Researchers Urge Southeast Asian States to Consider Energy Alternatives

A computer image of the proposed Pak Beng hydropower dam. (Courtesy photo of Pak Beng hydropower project)

Researchers have said governments in the Mekong region should consider alternatives to large hydropower dams, including renewable energy.

A new report by the Stimson Center, titled “Mekong Power Shift: Emerging Trends in the GMS Power Sector”, contends that a policy shift in the region is needed to deal with the environmental and social fallout of large-scale hydropower development. Continue reading “Researchers Urge Southeast Asian States to Consider Energy Alternatives”

As Children Returned to Families From ‘Residential Centers’, Mixed Experiences Reported

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

Chheum Sokhoch, middle, is pictured with his father Plung Bunkhiem, 40, and his mother, Voeun Ya, 36, at their home in Krobey Riel commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 13, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Wearing a long-sleeved school uniform and jeans and a satchel on his back, Chheum Sokhoch, 14, says he has lived in a residential care center in Siem Reap province for about three years. Continue reading “As Children Returned to Families From ‘Residential Centers’, Mixed Experiences Reported”