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Forests on Khmer Soil

Forests on Khmer Soil

Student of Communications, Technology Institute, Phnom Penh

Previously the forests on Khmer soil were abundant in good wood, which our forefathers

carved into tools.

But now, the forests on Khmer soil are hardly left to be found, primarily because

of the negligence of forest workers who have allowed traders to cut trees thoughtlessly.

If all the forests die and the land is washed away by rain, Cambodia's fertile soil

will turn poor and all the crops will also die eventually.

The forest animals will disperse and flee their homeland because they feel afraid

of ghosts and forest traders killing them.

The fish also will be in chaos, change their residence and flee the country to deeper

waters, because their homes here are polluted, dirty, and shallow.

So, forests should not be cut, and animals-large and small, on land and in water-should

not be killed so that our nation can be prosperous and happy.

After you win the prize for being the top forest cutter or animal catcher, you will

then have to scramble for the top prize in reforestation and animal rearing.

We have to actively grow all kinds of trees in every corner of the country. More

rain brings more trees and then more animals-and maybe one day our nation will see

prosperity and progressiveness.

- Reprinted with permission from Nokorbal Pracheachun (People's Police) newspaper.

Translated by Moeun Chhean Nariddh.

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