Srey runs a restaurant near Angkor Wat. She and thousands of others like her have been told to leave

Each year, more than two million tourists flock to Cambodia’s Angor Wat temple complex. Now the government is telling 10,000 local families at the site to move on, a directive Amnesty International says violates international human rights law.

For 16 years, Srey Mom has run a roadside restaurant just a short distance from Angkor Wat, the largest temple complex in the world and Cambodia’s top tourist attraction.

The ancient ruins of the Khmer empire have drawn more than 600,000 foreign visitors since the start of this year, generating just under US$30 million ($46 million) in ticket sales. The opening of the Siem Reap Angkor International Airport in October is expected to see those figures increase even further.

Locals living inside the 400-square-kilometre historic site have relied on rice farming and, like Srey, on tourism for a living.

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