Khmer Rouge — Environmentalists

“Until recently it was war that saved the turtles, but it is peace that threatens them now. For decades this 30-mile strip of river was a refuge for Khmer Rouge guerrillas, the armed remnants of the regime that cost the lives of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979. The area became accessible when the guerrillas disbanded at the end of the 1990s.”

Mydans, Seth. 2007. “How to Survive in Cambodia: For a Turtle, Beneath Sand.” New York Time (18 May).


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