Effects of the revolt in Cambodia

Hun Sen in 2015 (© Wikicommons/Alex Willemyns)

A month ago, the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh was rocked by tank and gunfire. The leader of the coup, Hun Sen, ousted his government coalition partner Prince Norodom Ranariddh and took power. But factional fighting has continued in a country that hasn’t seen real peace for generations. Many countries which helped with Cambodia’s transition to democracy fear a backward slide to dictatorship, and what’s worse, a refugee crisis could develop. Correspondent Irene Slegt has been talking to the people worst affected by the July coup. 

Producer: Irene Slegt

Broadcast: August 3, 1997