White people. Do something.

“Racism is a sin; a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.”

U.S. Catholic Bishops

“My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” 

Pope Francis

…so long to wait!

[From Phnom Penh Post]

Cambodia has not had a new case of coronavirus in more than a month, and only one of the 122 positive infections is still receiving treatment. There have been no COVID-19 deaths in the kingdom. The government has closed schools (March 16th) and churches and casinos and spas, but otherwise life is almost like normal. People are on the streets. The markets and shops are open. Fewer people wear a mask.

Then today the Minister of Education announced that the plan is to reopen the schools the 1st of November, a decision that surprised many because the attempt at some sort of online education has not gone well.

PIME Reflection

Today I was at the PIME house in Phnom Penh for a simple reflection. PIME is the Italian equivalent of the Maryknoll mission group based in the United States. Here Fr. Gianluca welcomes me on my first visit to their new center.

Corona Burger

(Photo from Economic times)

The Economic Times reports on a “corona burger” being offered by an eatery in Hanoi in Vietnam. It’s marketed with an “Eat it, to beat it” slogan. Looks pretty tasty actually.

Offering respect

Monks are greatly respected in Khmer culture. This woman collects plastic bottles and containers and aluminum cans to recycle and earn a dollar or two a day. Passing a monk, though, she stops to offer respect and probably to make a small donation.