Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man shot on border in critical condition

Man shot on border in critical condition

AN illegal logger who survived a shootout with Thai troops that killed his father-in-law “will die” unless he receives medical treatment soon, according to rights activists in Oddar Meanchey province.

Srey Naren, provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said the life of Phal Sokha – whose injured leg is infested with maggots – hangs in the balance.

The 20-year-old, from Bak Anloung commune in Trapaing Prasat district, went missing after Thai troops opened fire on eight loggers who had crossed the Thai border into Sisaket province on December 8.

Phlok Lai, 55, died during the incident. Phal Sokha survived days in the jungle without food by drinking from waterfalls.

“I could not walk. I had to creep from Thailand to Cambodia. When I reached home I was unconscious. Now I have a seriously injured leg, and I don’t have money for treatment at the hospital,” he said.

Srey Naren said he has serious concerns about the man’s health. “His family is poor, so they did not bring him to the hospital,” he said.

“I would like to announce to any NGOs, help him, otherwise he will die.”

The shooting is just one of a number of serious incidents to have occurred at the Thai border since September. On Monday, Thai soldiers opened fire on a different group of 14 loggers, shooting one in the leg.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said that the government has written to Thailand calling for a halt to such “cruel actions”.
It has also asked the Ministry of the Interior to instruct villagers not to cross the border.



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".