Non-governmental organizations NGOs , many with religious affiliations, played vital roles in serving people as the country was rebuilt. They are still significant today, though in the very different climate of a fast-growing economy with a government rapidly rebuilding its capacity to serve the population. Simon Stock oversees training and surgery operations as a volunteer. He also visits rural communities regularly with a mobile clinic. During a visit to Battambang, Katherine Marshall met with Dr.
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M me Rancourt is Cambodian but she has lived most of her life in France, where she moved in , about a year after Vietnamese troops chased the remnants of the black-shirted Khmer Rouge army out of Phnom Penh. She is Cambodian but she is mostly French, and she is French in a peculiarly French way—in a light, understated, occasionally brooding, but inevitably elegant way. Her weightless tailored linen pantsuits are testimony to her style and easy understanding of the demands of a tropical climate. She looks fit and much younger than her fifty-seven years. When in Battambang she always stays at Le Pavillon, an old colonial hotel run by a French management company.
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They live in a small house made of bamboo and wood and covered with corrugated metal. At first glance, nothing sets this serene couple apart from their neighbors living on the outskirts of the town of Battambang. And yet, Cham Samnang and his wife Sim Ra have an extraordinary story — both of them were affected by leprosy. However, they had to adjust their daily lives to the after-effects [of the disease] which they both continue to live with.
This is also the route that the invading Thai armies used in the opposite direction, as they repeatedly headed south to sack and pillage. Much of the northwest still shows clear Thai influence — not surprising, given that the area has been under Thai control for much of its modern history, and was only finally returned to Cambodia in These days the road is a busy corridor linking the capital to the Thai border and a trade route along which rice is transported from the sparsely populated but fertile plains to the more populous south. A busy river fishing port, Kompong Chhnang takes its name from the terracotta pots chhnang that are produced throughout the district, while the major cottage industry in workaday Pursat is marble carving.