“Anne,” says the charming gentleman across the table from me, as if getting down to business. He has laid down his fork. The former government minister. The brilliant politician. “You know you must avoid treehouses, yes? And also condemned buildings, and, when you can, banana trees. That is where ghosts enjoy spending time. Do you understand? You are a bright woman. I do not want any danger, any difficulty, any bad times to come your way.”
Most evenings, the city of Phnom Penh holds public dance lessons smack dab in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's urban home, where survivors of forced labor, starvation, and mass killings gather to bust a few apsara dance moves and rehearse choreographed hip hop routines, evidence of an emerging middle class in Cambodia, proof that things change.
Images and text from a new book by Anne Elizabeth Moore, out in May 2012 on Green Lantern Press. Find out more here: lanternprojects.com/daily/?cat=8
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