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Pchum Ben, Cambodia’s ‘Festival of the Dead,’ will end early due to COVID-19

Pchum Ben festival

October 5 marks the beginning of Pchum Ben, a 15-day religious festival in Cambodia during which Buddhists commemorate seven generations of deceased ancestors.

About the festival: The Pchum Ben Festival, also known as Cambodia’s “Festival for the Dead,” is the second biggest festival for Cambodians after the Khmer New Year. The festival will be celebrated this week from Oct. 5 to 7, reported Khmer Times

Trial set for autistic Cambodian teen whose house was stormed by nearly 20 armed officers over insult on messaging app

Sovann Chhay who's autistic is on trial

The trial for an autistic Cambodian teenager accused of insulting local government officials is set to begin Sept. 29. 

Jailed over Telegram: Kak Sovann Chhay, the 16-year-old son of two government opposition figures, was arrested for allegedly sending messages that were deemed insulting to officials from the ruling party on an app called Telegram, BBC reported. 

Death Metal Band Named After Cambodian Concentration Camp Responds to Backlash

Tuol Sleng

An American band has sparked outrage for naming themselves after a Cambodian genocide concentration camp, where the Khmer Rouge murdered thousands of Cambodians in the mid-1970s.

The band faced backlash when internet sleuths discovered them while searching for Tuol Sleng after a controversial VICE article featuring manipulated photographs of the victims made headlines last week, according to AsianFeed.

Cambodian Woman Who Makes Purses for Michael Kors, Kate Spade is Imprisoned Over a Facebook Post

michael kors

A Cambodian woman employed in a local factory that produces bags for designer brands such as Michael Kors and Kate Spade has spent at least two months in prison after worrying about losing her job due to COVID-19.

What happened: Soy Sros, 30, was arrested on April 4 over a Facebook post in which she raised concerns that she and her coworkers might be laid off in the middle of the pandemic.

Separated During Khmer Rouge, Cambodian Siblings Reunite 47 Years Later

Khmer Rouge

After nearly half a century, a 98-year-old Cambodian woman was reunited with two siblings she thought had died during the brutal regime of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, aka the Khmer Rouge, in the 1970s.

Through the efforts of local NGO Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), Bun Sen met her 101-year-old big sister, Bun Chea, and her 92-year-old younger brother last week.