She grew up in abject poverty under the Khmer Rouge regime, was sold into sexual slavery when she was just a child, and endured torture and rape in Phnom Penh brothels, until she escaped with the help of a foreign aid worker. Instead of distancing herself from the past, Somaly Mam set up AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations), an organisation that helps victims of sexual slavery empower themselves and regain their dignity. Mam shares with us her hopes and dreams for the future, and tells us what keeps her going.
Compiled by: Chitra S Images: Courtesy of AFESIP
Fear of flying or pteromerhanophobia is a very real and debilitating anxiety for many passengers, mostly exacerbated by lack of information. Not being in control is bad enough but ignorance and refusal to seek knowledge can lead to irrational fears that will forever haunt the victim. The good news is that passengers nowadays take the trouble to educate themselves by asking questions on many issues related to flying. Many have personally written to Captain Lim Khoy Hing with their worries and queries. Here are some of the commonly raised questions about flying.
Words: Capt. Lim Khoy Hing
From retail therapy at the trendiest malls across Asia to some of the best sporting activities this side of the planet, AirAsia brings you the best of shopping and sports within its network of destinations. Here’s how you can indulge in some of the most exciting activities around while saving big on baggage and sporting equipment.
Words: Adli Syahril
China is a vast land and there remains pockets of the country that are largely unexplored and cut off from the rest of the world. Dege in Sichuan Province, Southwest China, is one such outpost and relects the true, untouched heart of the country.
Words & Photography: Maria Visconti
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