A group of forestry activists accompanied by monks held a Buddhist ceremony in hopes of protecting Prey Lang forest in Cambodia’s central plains. The forest has been ravaged by deforestation caused by illegal logging, with much of the illicit timber smuggled outside the country.
During the ceremony monks and activists wrapped Buddhist yellow clothes around trees under the belief that the loggers, who may themselves be Buddhists, would think twice about cutting down trees in traditional garb.
Participants in the ceremony told RFA’s Khmer Service that they saw many large trees had been cut down.
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