Date of Broadcast: 08 July 2012
Siem Reap river development (Feature)
For decades, the Siem Reap River has played an important role in the agricultural, touristic and environmental development of the region. However, the river is now suffering from high levels of pollution as hundreds of families build illegal settlements on its shores. Guesthouses and restaurants along its banks are also exacerbating the problem. Pollution has turned some parts of the river into shallow pockets of land which block the water flow leading to severe flooding during the rainy season. As a result, local authorities have devised a plan to curb the indiscriminate development including the relocation of more than 500 families. However, there are concerns about how the plan will be carried out and what kind of measures will be taken to assist the evicted people.
Growing up in prison (Main Story)
In Cambodia many children live in prison with their incarcerated mothers. Placed in overcrowded cells with limited access to food, clean water, healthcare and education, these children grow up under conditions that, according to experts and human rights advocates, are detrimental to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately, the government does not have the resources to address these children’ s needs, leaving female inmates with no other choice but to raise their children behind bars.
Cambodians have until July 15, 2012, to pay their road tax. Equity Weekly would like to remind people that time is running out and that if they do not comply they will face fines that are double the price of the tax.
Politics and society
Environmental experts discuss the benefits of carbon credits in the protection of the country’s forests and their communities.