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Memories from the French era

Last weekend brought celebrations in Phnom Penh to mark 60 years since the late King Father Norodom SIhanouk secured independence from France. Pictures from Srin Sokmean’s collection contrasted with modern images by Nick Street reveal the changes.

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“The French people who worked in high positions like chief of the village and chief of the commune took taxes. If we didnt have money or anything to give them, there was torture. I used to see and hear about bread at that time but I had no chance to taste it. “

- Muong Phoan, 83, lived in Battambang and was 23 when Cambodia won its independence.

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