Living with the dead: Urban poor take over Cambodian cemetery

Phnom Penh – Graveyards may traditionally be the eternal resting place for the dead, but one cemetery in Phnom Penh has become a place to stay for the living, as communities destroyed by unstoppable development are forced to take desperate measures.

Ma Nith confessed she was “speechless” when she realised that Smor San cemetery in the capital was to be home after her arranged marriage.

“It was beyond my belief that I could live here,” said the 42-year-old mother of four, flipping fillets on the grill as her son clambered over a grave.

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