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Cambodia's lust for rubber drives ethnic group from land

A Bunong woman drives her tractor past signs for rubber plantations operated by Socfin-KCD, a European-Cambodian joint venture on Feb. 26, 2015. (AP / Heng Sinith)

Cambodia's zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

BOUSRA, Cambodia (AP) " For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland "meh ne," or mother. From its rich red soil, they harvested rice, pumpkins and bananas. From the forests, they gathered honey, resin and medicinal plants. Under the leafy canopies, they buried their dead and worshipped spirits.