The Cambodia Daily’s program to distribute mosquito nets to needy families recently came to an unexpected end. In a half-page notice in today’s paper, Bernie Krisher, the newspaper’s publisher, offers some details on the campaign’s demise.
The immediate reason that prompted the decision to terminate the campaign was the refusal of the Embassy of Cambodia in Tokyo to continue placing our mosquito net charity boxes on its consular counter where tourists and travel agencies come to obtain visas and had been generously contributing to this program. The decision to return the charity boxes was made by Cambodia’s ambassador to Japan, Hor Monirath, the son of Foreign Minister Hor Namhong. His reason was that the mosquito net charity boxes competed with the charity boxes of the Cambodian Red Cross, which is headed by the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen. An appeal to Prime Minister Hun Sen to reverse this decision received no response from him.