Photographer's Note

That picture is taken on Sisowath quay, along the Tonle Sap it shows a woman wearing a 'kroma' the Khmer traditional headscarf. Most people wear it there, but it is slowly losing its appeal, regarded by some as out of date. Another reason may be attributed to its affiliation with the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. Between 1975 and 1979, Khmer Rouge soldiers ordered every Cambodian to wear a kroma throughout the day and night. People did not dare object to the fashion order...even today some people are reminded of Pol Pot's cruelty when they see the colorful scarf.
Estimates vary as to how many people were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Depending on whether or not one includes deaths from starvation and subsequent deaths in refugee camps, estimates range anywhere from 1.7 million to 3 million Cambodians.

Pour les francophones!
Une image prise sur le quai Sisowath, au bord du Tonle Sap. Une Cambodgienne portant un 'kroma' le foulard traditionnel. La plupart des gens, hommes ou femmes le portent, mais peu a peu il disparait de la capitale, une des raisons est que le regime Khmer Rouge de Pol Pot en avait rendu le port obligatoire, jour et nuit et personne n'osait defier les ordres des soldats, sous peine d'etre torture et execute... Encore de nos jours, certains survivants du genocide l'associent a cette periode de terreur.
Les estimations varient entre 1.7 millions et 3 millions de morts durant ce terrible gouvernement.

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