In the land of Cambodia there lived a hermit. People rarely saw him, for he lived in solitude atop a mountain. People talked, and word spread that the hermit possessed magical powers. Many wanted to learn the hermits secrets including the lovely goddess of water Moni Mekhala. So she swam through the air to the hermit’s home and asked him to teach her, he agreed. The goddess’s actions were followed by an ogre by the name of Ream Eyso who also wanted to know the ways of magic. As the lessons came to an end he called the attentive students to his side and offered a test. He handed both the goddess and the ogre an empty glass and explained that the test was to fill the glass with morning dew, return to him first and receive a prize. Ream Eyso went home to rest and prepare for the morning, Moni Mekhala simply went down to the end of the hill laid out a blanket and fell asleep. In the morning Ream Eyso began squeezing dew from leafs, but the goddess had a different idea. She picked up her blanket that was drenched with morning dew and wringed it out filling her glass. When Moni Mekhala arrived at the hermit’s house in first place she received her prize a magical crystal ball studded with jewels. When Ream Eyso returned he received a golden axe for his prize. But when he learned of the goddess’s prize he became furious he marched into the heavens and found the goddess of water he began chasing her while throwing his magical golden axe. But whenever he throws his axe she leaps and dodges the axe. In this never-ending chase between the goddess and the ogre, the people of Cambodia believe that when Ream Eyso throws his axe it causes thunder and when Moni Mehhala (Goddess of Water) leaps it causes rain. http://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2005/1/30/the-goddess-and-the-ogre-a
During the Vietnam War Cambodia was aiding Vietnam with food, and other supplies. The United States didn’t like this, so in order so cut off the supply routes between the two countries the U.S. dropped an estimated 500,000 tons of explosives on eastern Cambodia. The bombardment started covertly as an effort to cut off supplies used by the Viet Cong. But in 1969 under President Nixon it expanded into full fledged carpet-bombing. In effect rice farmers left their land and retreated to the capital where the bombing hadn’t yet reached. With all the farmers in the capital and refugees pouring in from Vietnam, the capital had no food to feed the millions who had sought protection in the capital. The United States loaned a few hundred million dollars to the Cambodian government to feed and clothe the refugees from both the countryside and Vietnam. Now that Cambodia has emerged from a era of war, President Trump wants that money back, with interest.
Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia, in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula. It is warm to hot year round, and is dominated by the annual Monsoon cycle with its alternating wet and dry seasons. Their population is roughly 15,677,000 and the most prominent religion is Buddhism. The governing body in Cambodia is a Constitutional Monarchy. In 2002 the country had its first multi-party election. Cambodia’s capital city is Phnom Penh, and some major cities are Battambang, and Siem Reap. The dominant language is Khmer. The life expectancy for males is 60 years old, and 65 years old for females. As of 2010 79% of the population has been immunized (according to Unicef). 34% have access to improved sanitation.
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