This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, yet the people of Cambodia continue to grapple with how to heal their country. This Southeast Asian country is embracing fast and sweeping development. Leaders hope to catapult Cambodia forward from its third-world status by infusing jobs, technology and modernity into its 14-million person population, a third of which the World Bank economists estimate lives on less than $1 a day.
The real ramification of this development: Mass land evictions. Those feeling the affects most are the residents—farmers, shopkeepers, factory workers—who are being made to leave their homes and businesses.
An estimated 150,000 Cambodians are at risk of forced eviction, according to Amnesty International.