Rumnea's father Heng Sophal (left) attends the wedding of his eldest son with his wife in May
Deaths on Cambodia's roads are all too commonplace. Road traffic accidents are increasing all the time as road conditions improve, and trucks, buses, cars and motorbikes drive faster with minimal regard for the safety of others. But when someone you know dies as a result of a traffic crash, it's still very hard to accept, moreso when you see the grief that it brings for the immediate family. Rumnea is one of my closest friends in Cambodia. Yesterday her father died as a result of serious head trauma he suffered in a motorbike accident in a remote part of Kompong Thom province on Thursday. Following a head-on collision, in which the other moto-driver died on the spot, Rumnea's father, Heng Sophal
, was rushed by ambulance to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh and then to Vietnam but without him ever regaining consciousness. I know how hard this will be on Rumnea and her mother and family. They have lost their rock - a father, a husband and a good man.
The Heng family. Rumnea is far right.