Cambodia, The Forgotten Country, 2009 { 55 images } Created 10 Jul 2009

Thirty years after the Khmer Rouge, life for most Cambodians is still a nightmare. The current government is barbarous and avaricious. While Cambodia's government plunders the nation and inflicts almost unimaginable misery upon its people, many nations are either unaware or basically turn away.

The U.S. State Department says Cambodia's record "remains poor," citing arbitrary arrests, endemic corruption, forced evictions over land disputes, and continued human trafficking.

The citizens, for the most part, are among the most abused people in the world. Most of them maintain a lifestyle similar to their ancient ancestors: no electricity, running water, paved roads, or sanitation.

For 80% of the Cambodia's population of 13.7 million, life has not changed substantially in hundreds of years. The Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970's brought unimaginable terror, starvation and genocide. Over 50% of those who survived now have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and studies of the mental condition reveal that children of PTSD parents will inherit the condition as well.
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