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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, left, and Prime Minister Hun Sen tour exhibits at the Angkor Sankranta festival in Siem Reap City last week. (Alex Willemyns/The Cambodia Daily)
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, left, and Prime Minister Hun Sen tour exhibits at the Angkor Sankranta festival in Siem Reap City last week. (Alex Willemyns/The Cambodia Daily)

In Old Enemy Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy Sees Hope

News Analysis

After years of bitter rhetoric and violence, a freshly pardoned opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned from exile in France to announce the end of Cambodia’s zero-sum political culture and a new start in his relationship with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Gov’t Misses Deadline for New Price List

Nearly three weeks after releasing an official price list for basic public services such as the production of passports and ID cards aimed at combating corruption, Interior Ministry officials Monday admitted that the new prices were not yet being applied.

Boy, 10, Killed by Falling Speakers During Party

A 10-year-old boy died and a 7-year-old boy was seriously injured on Sunday after a tractor towing a trailer knocked over a stack of speakers onto a crowded dance floor during a party in Banteay Meanchey province, police said Monday.

Briton Gets 8 Years for Sexually Abusing Girls

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday convicted a British national of purchasing child prostitution and committing indecent acts against minors, sentencing him to eight years in prison and ordering him to pay a total of $5,000 in fines and compensation.

Two Young Cousins Drown in Ratanakkiri River

The bodies of two cousins were found floating in the Srepok River in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district on Monday morning, a day after the young men went missing at a family gathering, local police said.

Residents of Phnom Penh cheer Khmer Rouge soldiers on April 17, 1975, believing that normal life would return with the civil war over. (Roland Neveu)
Residents of Phnom Penh cheer Khmer Rouge soldiers on April 17, 1975, believing that normal life would return with the civil war over. (Roland Neveu)

The Fall

The day prior to the military victory of the Khmer Rouge—a regime that would claim the lives of a third of the country’s people in less than four years—relative calm remained in central Phnom Penh as final battles were fought on the outskirts of the city.

Found

Chonburi refugee camp, Thailand, 1981 - We were used to having our pictures being taken when visitors came. We always flocked toward the foreigner. We had gotten so used to being abused by the Khmer Rouge that foreigners always felt safe to approach—they felt like the good guys. (Vira Rama)

When Charles Fox began documenting old Cambodian family photographs, his initial aim was to capture the country’s social transition through the lens of these intimate snapshots.

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