In April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge soldiers entered Phnom Penh and, in three days, emptied the town then inhabited by a million and a half people. Apart from a few officials and dignitaries of the regime, the capital became a ghost town until the Vietnamese troops took control on January 17, 1979. They found a degraded city, without electricity, broken streets in which trees grew, and devastated buildings.
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