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Masked dance tradition rises from near extinction in Cambodia

Dancers get ready backstage before a performance of masked theater known as Khon at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Thailand November 7, 2018. The dance was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighboring Cambodia's version of the dance known as Lakhon Khol. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Dancers get ready backstage before a performance of masked theater known as Khon at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Thailand November 7, 2018. The dance was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighboring Cambodia’s version of the dance known as Lakhon Khol.

Cambodia’s centuries-old tradition of masked dance was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields” regime, but a handful of artists managed to keep it alive and are now working to pass it along to a new generation.

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08.01.2019 | 13:57

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Female Embodiment: “A woman’s body is a place where decisions are made for her”

Standing in front of a row of five paintings, four of them featuring a woman while the other one was a canvas of eyes, Phaving Phung beamed with pride.

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18.07.2018 | 15:05

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Why female migrants are prone to sexual abuse in Cambodia

Despite having a raft of measures to prevent gender-based crimes in Cambodia, women continue to face rampant sexual abuse and harassment. Experts say strict implementation of laws is needed to curb the problems.

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22.08.2017 | 15:51

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