Sre Ken village in Kampong Speu in January 2022. (Andrew Haffner/VOD)

Malady and Magic: The Murders of Cambodia’s ‘Black Magic’ Practitioners

In Kampong Speu’s Sre Ken village, an 18-year-old’s alleged murder of his stepfather was met with sympathy. “Nobody disliked him,” a resident said of the 18-year-old. “But mostly we wished [the stepfather] would die.” The older man had been suspected of using black magic.