Cambodia

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia, and borders Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand. 

Cambodia had a dark past of genocide when the Khmer Rouge took over the country in 1975, killing off 80% of the Christian believers and over 1/3 of the Khmer population

Cambodia is a nation of 15 million people, and yet despite a growing church of 200,000 believers, less than a quarter of all villages have any Christian presence. About 85% of Cambodians practice Buddhism and less than 1.7% are considered Christian. 

Quick Facts: 

  • Population: 15,000,000
  • Capital city: Phnom Penh 
  • Official Language: Khmer 
  • Known for Angkor Wat Temple
  • Gained independence from France 9 November 1953
  • Culture's religion is a combination of Mahayana Buddhism and Hinduism, animism and now Theravada Buddhism.
  • Cuisine includes tropical fruits, soups and noodles. Key ingredients are kaffir lim, lemon grass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, curry, tamarind, ginger, oyster sauce, coconut milk and black pepper. 
  • Child labor, forced labor and sex trafficking is extremely prominent.