Cambodiaâs wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. But experts say Cambodia's conservation efforts are setting an example that has put it well ahead of its neighbors in protecting bears. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
In Cambodia, an elite dive team â trained with U.S. support â has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the countryâs civil war. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Kandal province.
Cambodia has some of the worldâs worst mental health statistics â largely due to the effects of Pol Potâs murderous Khmer Rouge regime. Yet mental health services remain underfunded and â in the words of the World Health Organization â âcritically neglected." Thereâs little sign of that changing in the near future, in part because few Cambodian students are interested in psychiatry as a career. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.