On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. Within three days, the city of 1.5 million inhabitants had been emptied. Apart from a few civil servants and dignitaries faithful to the regime, the capital became a ghost town until Vietnamese troops gained control on January 17, 1979. The city they found was devastated and without electricity; trees grew in the middle of demolished streets. Not until the mid-1990s would the city’s reconstruction begin to restore the airy appeal afforded by its low buildings. Today, the city is undergoing a profound, anarchic transformation-against a background of real estate speculation...
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