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Phnom Penh – John Vink: Quest for Land


Among the first things I photographed when I decided to move to Cambodia in 2000 was a demonstration by a small group of people in front of the National Assembly. It was obvious that these weren’t “city people.” They were people who had been evicted from their land and who had come to seek parliamentary support in reclaiming their property. I was hooked... That would be the beginning of eleven years of work dealing with land issues. The war, the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge genocide, the civil war: it all seemed so distant twenty-one years after the fall of the Khmer Rouge and nine years after the signing of the Peace Accords. But the scars were deep and left many traces, including the disappearance of all land records after Pol Pot abolished property in 1975.

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