An unlicensed medical practitioner who infected more than 100 villagers in North-western Cambodia with HIV by reusing unclean needles has gone on trial, facing three charges including murder.

Yem Chhrin faces up to life in prison if found guilty of murder, intentionally spreading HIV –  the virus that cause AIDS and practising medicine without a license.

Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world, has inadequate health care facilities, especially in rural areas, where villagers often have no recourse but to rely on unlicensed medical practitioners who have trained themselves to treat minor ailments and to give injections.

Yem Chhrin, 53, was one such practitioner.

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