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Cambodia's forgotten war on drugs enters fourth year

More than 50,000 arrested on suspicion of using or selling narcotics: Amnesty

Nuth Sopheap holds up a family picture that includes her son, who was arrested last year as part of Cambodia's war on drugs. (Photo by Shaun Turton)

PHNOM PENH -- In the predawn darkness of Aug. 8 last year, Nuth Sopheap arrived at a police station and saw her son Minea in handcuffs. The 19-year-old would not look his mother in the eye.

Hours before, by a roadside not far from his family's home in Kandal, the province that rings the capital, Phnom Penh, Minea had been arrested with a friend. The latter, Sopheap would find out later, was found carrying a small amount of methamphetamine.

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