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Photos: Obama mania in Cambodia

Villagers who pay the price of development put hopes on Obama.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — In fast-developing Phnom Penh, land is at a premium, and it's the poor who pay the price for high-end development.

More than 400,000 Cambodians have been evicted from their homes or have had their land grabbed since 2003, according to local human rights groups.

Cambodians hope Obama's visit will bring human rights issues to the diplomatic fore.

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