The Independent

'Silent waterworld': Cambodian village submerged by floodwater from Chinese-built dam

Floodwater released from a hydroelectric dam has completely submerged a Cambodian village, turning it into a “silent waterworld”. The new Lower Sesan 2 Dam has unleashed a deluge of water on Srekor, in the northern province of Stung Treng, according to California-based campaign group International Rivers. ...

Tom Barnes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/dam-flood-cambodia-china-village-srekor-underwater-submerged-silent-waterworld-a8193461.html

China's financial power play: How a £530m dam in Cambodia symbolises the growing, sometimes ruthless, influence of Beijing across Asia

Beijing is spreading its influence by stumping up the cash to build desperately needed infrastructure throughout Asia, but with little consideration for communities or the level of corruption. “Without infrastructure, you can’t revive,” said Cambodia’s Commerce Minister, Sun Chanthol. “We have been blamed for always ...

Simon Denyer
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/chinas-financial-power-play-how-a-530m-dam-in-northeast-cambodia-symbolises-the-evergrowing-and-sometimes-ruthless-influence-of-beijing-across-asia-10488927.html

Help Cambodia's garment workers, unions urge Business Secretary

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, must force British clothing companies to investigate whether garments sourced from Cambodia are made at factories with fair labour practices, the unions have warned. Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, has written to Mr Cable warning that ...

Mark Leftly
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/help-cambodias-garment-workers-unions-urge-business-secretary-9644675.html

Easy currency: Poverty and abuse in Cambodia's 'virginity trade'

Danet* is fourteen, and lives in a house built on wooden stilts, with no walls, and only tarpaulin for shelter. The ‘virginity trade’ is rampant in Cambodia, particularly in the capital, and is “a big problem”, says Tim Huon from Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), ...

Lucy Watson
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/easy-currency-poverty-and-abuse-in-cambodias-virginity-trade-9595726.html

Cambodian textile workers who supply UK clothing stores ‘starving’ and suffering 'mass faintings'

By the time London Fashion Week comes to a close, 58 high-end designers will have shown their collections. Rail-thin models will have walked the runways. Debate will have raged over size zero. In Cambodia, meanwhile, garment workers stitching clothes that supply the UK high street are ...

Poppy Mcpherson
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/cambodian-textile-workers-who-supply-uk-clothing-stores-starving-and-suffering-mass-faintings-8820468.html

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