Thousands Are Holed Up in a Politician’s Farm, Waiting for the End of the World

The Cambodian populist with a growing cult-like following told his followers that a black hole has formed in his spine, warning him of impending biblical-level floods.

Huddled together at a private farmhouse, thousands of people have spent days anticipating a biblical flood that will engulf all of the world—except one farm in rural Cambodia.

When a politician started sharing his doomsday prophecy on Facebook last week, his supporters left their lives behind and traveled from around the country to northwestern Cambodia’s Siem Reap province. According to authorities, some even traveled from as far as South Korea to seek refuge from the apocalypse, prompting the Cambodian embassy in Seoul to issue a public statement warning migrant workers against abandoning their jobs to fly home.

Photos posted on Khem Veasna’s Facebook page, which has over 370,000 followers, show a large crowd assembling at his farm. It’s unclear exactly how many people have gathered there, though authorities estimated the number at around 15,000 to 20,000 on Monday, with signs that more people were still streaming in. Among those arriving at his farm are families with children and elderly relatives. The swelling crowds have raised eyebrows among local residents and officials, who have complained about disorderly conduct.

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