Wrath of the Phantom Army

In an effort to promote the protection of Cambodia’s archaeological sites, HeritageWatch created Wrath of the Phantom Army, an action-packed comic book with an important message—that looting is destroying Cambodia’s great past and risking its future.

Set in provincial Cambodia, Wrath of the Phantom Army tells the story of angry spirits disturbed by the desecration of their graves by looters. “We produced this comic to reach rural Cambodians engaged in the looting of prehistoric sites,” said Director Dougald O’Reilly. “We needed a medium to effectively communicate the harm looting does, but in an entertaining way, that can be appreciated by the literate and illiterate alike.”

Due to its innovative approach, Wrath of the Phantom Army attracted a great deal of positive publicity. It was featured in local publications like The Phnom Penh Post and The Cambodia Daily, and also in the international media, including The London Times, BBC Radio, and the AFP Wire.

This comic is an important part of HeritageWatch’s campaign to educate Cambodians and foreigners alike about the dangers facing Cambodia’s heritage. The Khmer version of the comic is being given away in rural, impoverished communities where looting is most likely to occur. To cover the costs of this distribution, an English edition is available for sale throughout Cambodia and online Click here to buy a copy!
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