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Nation Mourns Stampede Victims

The Cambodian government declared Thursday, 25 November 2010, a day of national mourning. Flags across the country were ordered to fly half-mast and an official ceremony was held near the Diamond Bridge, the site of the deadly Monday stampede. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, at the mourning ceremony appeared sobbing and wiping their eyes with a tissue. So too were the many families and friends of the victims, who brought flowers, bananas and fruits to the river. They prayed for the souls of the dead to find peace and that they not haunt the bridge. (Photos by Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer and AP)

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