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Cambodia PhnomPenh The white building | by Jim Delcid
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Cambodia PhnomPenh The white building

Planned by the Cambodian reputed architect Vann Molyvan, the building was developed as housing for civil servants in the Ministry of Culture. More than 400 apartments were divided into six blocks, each with three or four floors, connected by open staircases. From 1975 to 1979, the people and business that had been housed were forced to leave under the Khmer Rouge Regime.

 

After the war, the need of cheap dwelling attracted many people and now as many as 3000 are housed in the building. Many are living in poor and anarchic conditions. Among them are many girls that come from rural areas looking to improve their standards of life working as prostitutes or call girls. Other teens living there often look for jobs working for the drug mafias

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Taken on May 19, 2012