Cambodian NGOs visit Preah Vihear to assess damage

A group Cambodian NGOs recently concluded their fact-finding visit to Preah Vihear to asses the damage done to the site and bring aid to the villagers and soldiers. 250 homes were destroyed during the recent conflict earlier this month, as well as damage done to 60 spots on the temple and the NGOs are trying to make the Thais accountable.

Cambodian civil societies visit Preah Vihear to evaluate the damages

Khmerization, from Radio Free Asia (in Cambodian), 19 April 2009

A twenty-member delegation from three Cambodian non-governmental organisations had visited Preah Vihear temple to assess the damages to the temple and Cambodian villages caused by Thai shells and rockets during the fighting on 3rd April 2009, reports Radio Free Asia.

Members of the Khmer Civilisation Foundation, Cambodian Health Organisation and Cambodian Center for Human Rights had travelled to Preah Vihear to evaluate the damages and also to bring medicines and other gifts to the soldiers and villagers affected by the armed clashes.

The three NGO’s planned to send a report of their findings about Thai aggression and human right violations to the United Nations.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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