23 November 2010
You may have seen news stories about the tragedy in Phnom Penh last night - hundreds dead in a stampede during Water Festival...first of all, please don't worry; I'm fine. I was safe at home when this happened, dealing with tons of scared Cambodians dialing the wrong number in search of their loved ones. Secondly, I'm not so surprised that something terrible like this happened. Millions of people flooded into a city lacking the infrastructure to deal with them. Too many cars, tuktuks and motos literally clogging the streets by facing the wrong direction leave no room for pedestrians who have to resort to walking in the street in this sidewalk-less city.