After years of displacement in Vietnam, many Phnong villages returned to Cambodia in 1986. With entire villages fleeing the US bombings in the early 1970s, they sought refuge in Vietnam, where they were exposed to Christian aid from missionaries. Returning home, not only has the villages changed from the war, but so had the Phnong people...Read More
Forced marriages were common practice under the Khmer Rouge, leaving the people with no choice but to marry, or to die. Like the khmer people, and people in other provinces, the indigenous people in the northeast were also subject to forced marriages, often being made to marry non-indigenous Cambodians.
Not in love, and not wanting to marry, couples would be wed in mass ceremonies, with multiple couples being wed at once under the authority of the Angka. After marriage, couples were expected to live together and consulate their marriage- they would be spied upon to make sure of this. if they did not do so after marriage, it would be seen as a betrayal to Angkar, and life threatening.Read More