Country Mapping: Cambodia

Cambodia was WFDD's first country-level mapping project and has provided a model for current explorations in Bangladesh, Senegal, Kenya, and Guatemala conducted jointly with the Berkley Center. Cambodia has an overwhelmingly Buddhist population (95 percent), and much of the country’s character and identity is deeply influenced by this religious heritage; however, the country also has small but significant religious minorities with historic roots. Cambodia’s religious communities were intensely persecuted under the Khmer Rouge regime, which took control of the country in 1975. Although only four years in length, the era left as many as two million dead and had wide-ranging implications for Cambodian development that are still significant to this day.