Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia with 5.6 million Cambodians or 40% of the population living below the national poverty line.

 

ABOUT CAMBODIA?

Cambodia is located in Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand between Thailand, Vietnam & Laos. The climate is tropical with the year divided into two seasons; monsoonal (May to November) and dry (December to April). 

It is a country of great beauty where rice fields and mountains line the national freeways, temples are scattered throughout the city and rural areas, and picturesque coastlines can be found within hours from the city centre.

The population is 14,000,000 with a third being 14 years or younger. Living conditions are cramped, dusty and hot for those that live in the larger towns and cities and extremely basic for more than 80% of the population who live in the rural areas of the country. 

The Cambodian or Khmer civilization is an ancient one with evidence as far back as 1,500BC of Khmers living in wooden huts on stilts living off cultivated rice and fish. For many Khmers not much has changed in 3,500 years. It was once the powerhouse of Southeast Asia as evidenced by the extraordinary Temples of Angkor. 

Today the country continues to recover from the civil war in the early 1970s and the brutal rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge during 1975-1978 when 2 million Cambodians (25% of the population) died mostly the educated, and destroyed millions of artefacts, statues and books.

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia with 5.6 million Cambodians or 40% of the population living below the national poverty line. Little or no tax is paid in most parts of the country partly due the refusal to pay by local citizens when corruption is such a major problem but as a result the Government provides very little. 

There is no welfare, public transport or subsidized health care. Membership of Asean is a step forward for the country economically. It is hoped that exposure will attract more financial assistance for social welfare, healthcare and infrastructure. It is also hoped that Cambodia’s tourism and culture will be promoted. Tourism and the garment industry are the 2 major industries. 

 

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