“We may face shortage of food soon this year because drought has damaged most of our rice,” Un Kun said.

Un Kun’s son, first from the left, has no chance to go to school because of hard living conditions; instead, he spends his time helping his parents harvesting rice.

Un Kun’s family in Prey Sangkum Village, Me Sang District, Prey Veng province.

Un Kun’s husband, Beth Pheang, worries about his living conditions after the harvest season. He could harvest little of the rice output, but he hopes fishing would be another job to survive instead of leaving the family to work in Thailand.

Drought has stopped the rice from developing. It also brings food shortages to Un Kun’s family and other villagers while threatening the rice stock for next year’s farming.”

This project was produced by the Batch Seven students of the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) of the Royal University of Phnom Penh as part of their Multimedia Journalism class. The DMC is financially supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Six groups of students went to six different provinces to capture disasters in each province and produce six multimedia news packages including mini-documentaries, feature stories and photo stories. This paper which includes feature stories and photo stories is a supplement to the mini-documentaries which are featured on the DVD.

The aim of this production is to examine the vulnerability of the communities, how disasters impact directly or indirectly on the communities as well as what has been done and what should be done to help those vulnerable communities.

This project was produced with the financial assistance from the European Commission. The views expressed herein are those of the producers; therefore, they in no way reflect the official opinion of the European Commission.


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