Cambodia is a country of great contrasts. From the wealthy, powerful Khmer Empire up till the 15th century, to a protectorate of France in the early 20th century, the land gained independence in 1953.
Then came the four-year rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, resulting in terrible sufferings and genocide which wiped out an estimated three million people. Civil war and sufferings continued in the 1980s during the Vietnamese occupation.
The brutality of the last few decades and the destruction of the cultural, economic, social and political life left the land and its people in shambles, and it was only in recent years that some political stability finally returned to Cambodia.. …
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