Cambodian villagers’ lives upended by Angkor Wat protection plan

Authorities say they are moving squatters to protect the ruins.

On a white canvas, Chan Vichet painted an image of the Hindu deity Shiva, oblivious to the clanging sound of Cambodian soldiers loading the remnants of his neighbour’s demolished home onto a truck.

The artist has worked on the fringe of the Angkor Wat temple complex for seven years, making a living selling paintings inspired by the jungle and ancient ruins to tourists.

Now his home and gallery will be flattened as the Cambodian government clears 10,000 families living within the sprawling Unesco world heritage site, and many of those facing eviction are unhappy.

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