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A room at an abandoned school building on Phnom Penh’s Street 144, on October 15, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Residents, Hun Sen Press Case for Phnom Penh’s Historical Architecture

Amid a call to save heritage buildings, a survey of Phnom Penh sites found volleyball courts in a French colonial police station, smartphone billboards wrapped around historical architecture, and a family of teachers keeping watch over a former U.S. Embassy building.

A cave at Kampong Trach in Kampot province on August 27, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Praying for Land Sales at Holy Kampot Caves

“People like to come to wish for good luck,” Sok Chea says. “If they want to sell their property, like land, they will come to wish to make a deal happen sooner and to get a good price for their land.”

Motorists drive past a KTV.

Women at Karaoke Parlors Pressured Into Abortions to Keep Their Jobs

Six entertainment workers told VOD of forced pregnancy tests, pressure to terminate and the experience of self-induced abortions while trying to hold onto jobs. As the women experience potential trauma, the motivation among employers often comes down to superstition: Pregnant women are “four-eyed girls” bringing bad business.