EU Ambassador to Cambodia, H.E. George Edgar, and Mr. Suong Sopheap, CWCC, Banteay Meanchey province, March 2018

Six volunteers interviewed the EU Ambassador to Cambodia on his visit in Banteay Meanchey district. They represent a group of 24 Peer Educators who joined MIGRA ACTION Communication Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration in Cambodia design and implemented by Media One.

The group received a training on basic photography, videography and storytelling and is now using these skills to collect stories from migrants and their families. They use smartphones feeding up the web platform of the campaign with information about risks of undocumented migration and opportunities of using regular migration channels.

“The interview to the EU Ambassador was prepared by the whole group, 24 girls and boys distributed across 5 Cambodian provinces” – says Mik Saphanara from Media One, coordinator of the campaign. “The volunteers have posted their questions online, shot the video and conducted the interview”.

Meeting with the local authorities, CWCC, Banteay Meanchey province, March 2018

“I have been impressed by what I have seen that the project is doing” – said the Ambassador answering the questions of the peer educators. “It is important that young people are involved in it”.

During his visit to the MIGRA ACTION project site, the EU Ambassador participated in a Self-Help Group in Tasal village of Kok Balaing commune, met the local authorities of Banteay Meanchey  district, representatives of civil society, as well as six peer educators, young volunteers involved in MIGRA ACTION, who conducted an interview with the Ambassador.

“EU support for Cambodian migrant workers is ensured mainly through MIGRA ACTION project. This morning we heard people asking information and questions on how they can seek help if they are working outside of the Country and find themselves in difficulty. I think that it is very normal and a good thing if people can move and earn more for the work that they do, but it is important that they understand how to do it safely and legally”.

MIGRA ACTION is run collectively by the Italian GVC with the local NGOs Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center and Legal Support for Children and Women with the aim to raise awareness among potential migrants on the risks of irregular migration and pursue efforts to reduce human trafficking and exploitation of Cambodian migrants towards Thailand.  

Watch the video interview.