This is a link to an SBS Australian TV current affairs programme. The film is 50 minutes long but the CAMBODIAN section about Chut Wutty starts at 2 minutes and 10 seconds and finishes at 20 minutes and 10 seconds. ie. 18 minutes duration. Its an excellent piece of documentary news about a remarkable man. John.
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is about Chanthou returning to Cambodia.
The photo is taken at a meeting of The
Rotary Club of Beaudesert. Yes it looks like a pub (hotel or Inn) because we
meet in the upper room of The Logan and Albert Hotel in Beaudesert at 6.30pm
I am standing with Chanthou sitting looking down and to her left are Suzie and Pete, fellow
Rotarians who have been particularly kind and generous to Chanthou
during her 6 week stay in Australia. To my right is Mark. It was Mark and his wife Linda together with Mark’s brother – Al and Al’s wife Sharon, who live in England - and as you may recall from previous blogs came to the villages in January, along with young son Mathew (4 months ago) – who very generously sponsored Chanthou for her Business Visa and airfare plus Mark and Linda in Beaudesert hosted her for the six weeks.
Five minutes after this photo was taken we
were on the road to Brisbane Airport and the start of her journey home via
Singapore. Her bags were VERY overweight because of donated clothing and
English language books she had to carry!
During Chanthou’s 6 weeks hosted and sponsored by a group of Beaudesert Rotarians she
had a wonderful time. Incredible support from – I’ll just list first names –
Linda, Mark, Corrinne, Peter, Joy Another Peter and Suzie… and friends outside
Rotary – Vanessa, Richard… and many others.
Chanthou was an invaluable help at our 3 day District Conference – she attended all of
Beaudesert’s meetings and visited schools to talk about our Cambodian Villages.
Chanthou visited Currumbin Sanctuary (feeding lorikeets and cuddling koalas) and went to
a thousand shops and markets… Gold Coast beaches and the artificial beach at
South Bank Brisbane. She went up to the border range (between NSW and
Queensland where Richard and Susan at Wild Mountains hosted her for a day. Four
times to Tamborine Mountain where Vanessa and Robert showed her round there
Avocado, tomato, rhubarb and corn Market Garden. A Dairy farmer named dennis
looked after Chanthou where she was awestruck by automated circular milk race.
Chanthou is back in Chuor Ph’av, our main village in Prey Veng today…. With a lot to think
about! It was really good for Chanthou to see how we try to raise both
awareness and money. She has sown seeds of awareness in the minds of many. John.
A very well known environmentalist named Wutty was killed by what appears to be military police in Cambodia. This is a VERY good and important article about illegal logging in Cambodia. There are protected forests to protect the rare ancient rosewood trees and others. Everyone in Cambodia knows that the illegal logging is supported by high ranking police and military and several political families. If you are interested in either, Conservation, Cambodia or Corruption (or all three!) then read this.
For some years now high ranking families and senior military have been implicated in cutting down protected trees, cutting them up to small blocks and then transporting the wood (destined for such things as expensive car dashboards and steering wheels) in top of the range cars such as Lexus.
Wutty has for a long time been fighting this corruption and in an obvious confrontation in the western forests has been shot dead by what seems to be military police! When there is a significant development, I’ll post it. John.