Computer skills learning project for inmates in Prey Veng Jail.


Phnom Penh Post: Drug War Nets Hundreds


Fri, 6 January 2017

Niem Chheng

More than 400 people have been arrested for drug crimes since a new six-month narcotics crackdown started on New Year’s Day, police said yesterday, though a rehabilitation expert called the campaign “another attempt at a war on drugs” that was destined to fail.

A total of 409 people have been arrested in 145 cases since police began the campaign on January 1, according to the Interior Ministry’s secretariat chief, Kim Khoeun, who is overseeing the program. Khoeun said he expected far more arrests in the coming days.

“This is just the start of the campaign, and we are not yet reaching the whole country. In the first week, we have a good result,” he said, adding that 233 of those arrested were traffickers, 173 were users and three worked cutting drugs with other substances.

“For traffickers, let there be no doubts: They were sent [to prison] in less than five hours,” he said. “For those who are light addicts, they were sent to get education and treatment in their location. For heavy users, they were sent to a rehabilitation centre.”

Khoeun said the campaign was being carried out in tandem with prevention measures.

“Drugs cannot be dealt with only by police and military; it must be linked with . . . the health sector, education sector, tourism and even drivers,” he said.

Phnom Penh drug rehabilitation centre head Mom Channyda said there had been a marked increase in the number of addicts admitted to her centre in the past days, though she did not have specific figures available.


The crackdown on drugs has increased the number of people in prisons. Near our children's home in Prey Veng, Cambodia is a prison with 524 male inmates and 57 female inmates.



The Deputy Prison Director said many are in prison for using or selling drugs. He is excited over the proposed programme of a Computer Centre in the prison where the inmates can acquire some skills.


The project provides:

Initial phase

1. Set-up of 6 Notebooks

2. Installation of appropriate softwares (to learn English and other skills)

3. Headsets with microphone

4. Training by instructors from OHF Training Centre


Subsequent phase

5. Train trainers amongst prisoners with potential

6. Connect volunteers to teach the inmates

We are excited about this opportunity to bring hope to the inmates and if the programme is successful we will expand to other prisons in Cambodia.  


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