Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association


Ben Davis and a community ranger stand in a field of grass. A portion of the grass has been set on fire and smoke is visible. (CamboJA/ Sovann Sreypich)

Conservation Group’s Militarized Forest Patrol Clashes With Villagers in Preah Vihear

A man in camouflage pants and a shirt labeled “U.S. Army” lunges at a villager, swinging a rattan stick in his right hand, handcuffs in his left. The shaky phone video, repackaged by an online news outlet and viewed some 1.7 million times on Facebook, captured a conflict between Angkrong village residents and a group of military police and workers employed by a conservation NGO in Preah Vihear’s Phnom Thnout-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary.