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Written By vibykhmer on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | 9:32 PM

A Cambodian boy holds burned incense sticks during the festival of the dead at a Buddhist temple on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The festival, also known as the Pchum Ben festival, commemorates the spirits of the dead and almost every Cambodian takes part by visiting temples.

Cambodians offer food to celebrate the festival of the dead at a Buddhist temple on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The festival, also known as the Pchum Ben festival, commemorates the spirits of the dead and almost every Cambodian takes part by visiting temples.


Cambodians cross the Tonle Sap river by ferry along a Chinese-funded bridge under construction at Prek Kdam village, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2009.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, greets villagers during his inspection of the construction site of a Chinese-funded bridge at Prek Kdam village, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2009.

Cambodian women pray in front of food and candles during the first day of the Pchum Ben festival at a pagoda in Phnom Penh on September 5, 2009. The Pchum Ben festival is a popular religious holiday in Cambodia which consists of 15 days of prayer honouring the ancestors, visits to the temple and the cooking of food for monks.

A Cambodian woman prays in front of food and candles during the first day of the Pchum Ben festival at a pagoda in Phnom Penh on September 5, 2009. The Pchum Ben festival is a popular religious holiday in Cambodia which consists of 15 days of prayer honouring the ancestors, visits to the temple and the cooking of food for monks

Tuol Sleng prison survivors and Cambodian civil party members observe a mass grave at the Choeung Ek fields memorial in Phnom Penh on August 31, 2009. The UN-backed war crimes tribunal into the Khmer Rouge's main jail chief Duch, actual name Kaing Guek Eav, was boycotted by a group of 28 civil parties who are angry with judges for ruling last week to ban them and their lawyers from questioning Duch about his personality in the forthcoming hearings

Cambodian women leave offering of food during the first day of the Pchum Ben festival at a pagoda in Phnom Penh on September 5, 2009. The Pchum Ben festival is a popular religious holiday in Cambodia which consists of 15 days of prayer honouring the ancestors, visits to the temple and the cooking of food for monks.

A Cambodian scavenger carries recycle materials that she collected along a street in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2009. Scavenging for bits of plastic, metal and glass that earn them an average 10 dollars a month, the children of Phnom Penh's municipal rubbish dump are among Cambodia's poorest.

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