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At Home With the Khmer

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 by


A cool haze is layered on the horizon in Ratanakiri province, giving it the aura of a land that time forgot. A thick quilt of trees is freckled with patches of red, the volcanic earth a rich base for the endless vegetation. ‘Prey cher chirran,’ my guide says. Many forests.


Mob Krot sits in his house near the entrance to Kachagn Waterfall. The 60-year-old is from the Toum Poun ethnic minority, one of eight hill tribes living in the far-flung Ratanakiri region. Ethnic minorities once made up 80 per cent of the province’s population and are generically referred to as Khmer Leou, meaning “highlander”.

Read full story at The Sydney Morning HeraldĀ here.

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