Dated on 8 December 2000, Phnom Penh
/Cambodia freedom fighters/
Early dawn on 24th, November, as a part of news media reported that
the Department of domestic affair ,TV station etc , were attacked by
armed group consisting of about 100 members opposed to visit of
Vietnamese prime minister . This group belongs to anti- HUN SEN ,
anti - communism organization in which the member of Cambodian -
American are at the core , Although , this trouble caused ties and
many arrested people , the government declared its termination
already , Nevertheless, since then more people suspected member of
the organization are under arrest all over the country .
There are various problems lie ahead of this country , such as ,
discordance among politics , commune election postponed to next year
, and succession to the throne of old aged king .
At the time of riot in July 1997, anxious rumor spread day after day
, more then half year before it came true , people held their breath
in continuous fear , Above all we have been eagerly longing for
stable society , In spite of our hope , the first E-mail from embassy
this morning gave us alarm , telling that explosive blew up nearby
embassy , and dozens of gun shot were sounded last night , Is there
anything still has been smoldering ? we hope it never blow up before
local election .
/A well saved people/
From October up to November , the scale of flood was unusual in
resent years ,
The water level in front of the palace reached more than 11m , higher
than usual level , In Krachea province more than 21m higher , I
realized the greatness of MEKONG River, In my spare time, I went
around to check existing schools and wells .
Sambor primary school in Kampong Cham province also suffered from
The only one artesian well in the village was polluted by muddy water
The well dug by ASAC in primary school was flooded about 70cm , but
did not reach to water outlet of the pump . The this well became the
only one source of fresh water provided for villagers for about two
months , I learned severity of the nature over again .
Our office was always out of flood range before, but this time water
came up to 10cm . above floor level , when I came to work on holiday
, I was aware of it and seized with panic ! A big pile of the
textbook prepared for coming literacy class were all soaked in the
water , Every page of those books should be carefully turned and
dried up one by one to prevent stick each other , The books stuck
already were put into water again and repeated same process , After a
long time. I have done physical labor in this operation. Those books
fully occupied our office floor for several day.
/Happiest day in life/
Since 13th , November , the donor of TOTENGTHNGEY primary school has
been took over by active doctor Mr. Ueda aged 82 , Originally the
construction of this school was stared by his filial son staying in
Amerioa , as a present to his father , But Dr. Ueda visited actual
place of the school and felt sympathy for its situation , As a result
, he himself subscribed to be donor instead of his son .
Doctor said he could have a hope and atarget for the rest of his life
. He regained vitality in a very short time , then greeted opening
ceremony of the school .
Surrounded smiling faces of children , he declared " It is the
happiest day of my life ! " Children asked " The what is your second
best ? " After a while , he replied " When I was young , it's very
hard to go to university, I intended to become a doctor and after
strenuous efforts finally passed examination, That was my second best
day ! " If anybody who tackled difficult task and succeeded finally
on someday, the day shall be the best day for him .
* Since I entered literacy class, I have learned many courses , and
started my new life , I feel that my life is getting bright day by
day and my heart is exciting more and more , ( age 20 female )
- ref , I can realy feel her deep impression against leaning.
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