The aftermath of violence
Stories and images of Cambodia Today
Since then, Cambodia's economy has made meaningful progress. The country has benefitted from the rise of globalization with textiles, tourism and agricultural trade taking off in the last decade. The streets of Phnom Penh today are bustling with new construction projects and local start-ups. Trade with China and neighbouring South East Asian economies give hope for continued growth going forward . Life seems to be a whole lot better. But have Cambodians managed to move on from their turbulent past? What are the challenges facing Cambodia today? And what are its hopes? What contribution can the international community make to the development of the country?
We will be exploring these themes and many others with our keynote speaker, Brad Adams, together with stories from Sue Guiney's (parent of Noah Guiney '12) novel 'A Clash of Innocents' and photographs taken by streetchildren at the education shelter, Anjali House presented by Boris Van ('08).
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Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division since 2002, is a general expert on Asia. The division he oversees covers human rights issues in 20 countries from Afghanistan to the Pacific. Prior to Human Rights Watch, Mr. Adams worked in Cambodia for five years as the senior lawyer for the Cambodia field office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and as the legal advisor to the Cambodian parliament’s human rights committee. Mr. Adams conducted human rights investigations, initiated the UN's first in-country judicial mentor program, drafted and revised legislation, such as the press law, political party law, NGO law, and others. A former legal aid lawyer in California, Mr. Adams graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
Though born and raised in New York, Sue Guiney has lived in London for twenty years where she writes and teaches fiction, poetry and plays. Her work has appeared in important literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and her first book, published by Bluechrome Publishing in 2006, is the text of her poetry play, Dreams of May. Her first novel, Tangled Roots, was published in May ‘08, also by Bluechrome. Her second novel, A Clash of Innocents, was chosen to be the first publication of the new imprint Ward Wood Publishing and was published in September, 2010. Sue is also Artistic Director of the theatre arts charity which she founded in 2005 called CurvingRoad.
Established in 2005, Anjali House is an educational centre providing healthcare and education to street children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The centre has 80 children between the ages of 4 and 16. Anjali House works alongside families of the children to take them off the streets: they are enrolled in schools and parents are provided with inventives to keep them in school. After school, the children come to Anjali House where they are given the opportunity to pursue their interests through programs like our unique arts and photography workshops.