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Bearing Witness

Photographer John Vink bids farewell to Cambodia.

The Cycle of Rice: Full Circle

After a devestating dry spell, rice farmers in Kep province sow their fields and brace for the year ahead. This is the last in a 12-part series on Cambodia's rice cycle.

The Cycle of Rice: Urban Traders

For nearly three decades, a block in Phnom Penh has served as a distribution hub for the rice that feeds the city.

The Cycle of Rice: Life After Death

In Kampot province, residents who built a reservoir under the Khmer Rouge are still using it—for their own farms. This is the tenth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: Waiting for Rain

The worst drought in decades is choking the country, and single-crop rice farmers are hurting the most. This is the ninth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: Trial & Error

In testing fields on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, researchers are trying to cultivate rice that can handle the heat. This is the eighth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Cycle of Rice: Power and Politics

In rural Cambodia, rice handouts buy allegiance. This is the seventh in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Cycle of Rice: The Harvest

Machines have transformed the country’s annual rice harvest. This is the sixth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: Crossing the Continents

At factories in Phnom Penh, workers prepare rice to export. This is the fifth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: Crossing Continents

Watching as a team of sweat-soaked workers loaded 50-kg bags of long-grained Cambodian white rice onto a waiting container truck, They Honrith explained that the shipment was only at the beginning of a journey that would take it across two continents.

The Cycle of Rice: Damming the Sea

In Preah Sihanouk province, farmers in the coastal lowland rely on dikes to protect their rice from the sea. This is the fourth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: Rice for the Spirits

During the Buddhist festival of Pchum Ben, Cambodians offer rice and other food to monks to be channelled to the spirits of their ancestors. This is the third in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: ‘Light Rice’

While farmers across the country finished transplanting rice seedlings in mid-August—painstakingly uprooting and replanting the seedlings in their paddies—some were also taking to their fields for the “light rice” harvest.

The Cycle of Rice: Transplanting

In Kep province, farmers have spent the past several weeks transplanting rice seedlings that will be harvested in about four months. Thus begins the first of a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Cycle of Rice: Power and Politics

In rural Cambodia, rice handouts buy allegiance. This is the seventh in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.