Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Angelina Jolie buys stunning secret hideaway in remote Cambodian jungle to expand private paradise

  Since buying the huge tract of land in Cambodia from a Khmer Rouge commander, pictured above, Jolie has built a holiday home on the plot along with a base for the charity she runs with her adopted Cambodian son Maddox, 15. She is now said to be planning an eco-resort on the site which was once a heavily land-mined Khmer Rouge stronghold.

 Angelina Jolie's Cambodian estate has been carefully protected from unwanted visitors since she bought it from Khmer Rouge commander Ta Tith via an intermediary in 2002.

 The family selling Angelina Jolie their land said they go swimming every day when they are at the retreat, adding: 'We see her whenever she visits and she is always very friendly. She is very thin and she has tattoos but she is pretty'

 The headquarters of Angelina Jolie's charity in Battambang, Cambodia, where she runs a multi-million dollar foundation for environmental conservation, health, education and infrastructure in the remote and impoverished northwest

A photo of Jolie, Brad Pitt and a local couple on display at Maisons Wat Kor, a US$110-a-night boutique hotel in Battambang, where Jolie and Pitt stayed while she filmed First They Shot My Father last year. Picture: George Knowles

This is the stunning 2.5 ha. secret hideaway Angelina Jolie is planning to buy - to expand the jungle paradise she bought from a Khmer Rouge commander.

The land is directly next to a 7.5 ha.  heavily-guarded jungle hideaway that Jolie, a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, bought in 2002 from Yin Tith, a notorious commander during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror 40 years ago.

The land was bought along with surrounding plots also owned by former Khmer Rouge fighters through the Maddox Jolie Pitt (MJP) Foundation set up by Jolie in her adopted son's name to develop forestry sites and promote peace in the heavily-mined former war zone.

Jolie has since built a holiday home on the plot along with a forestry base for the charity.  Villagers say she is planning an eco-resort on the once heavily land-mined site.

Jolie's new land deal – negotiated as she was in Cambodia for Netflix-funded screenings of her Cambodian genocide drama – is with a former Khmer Rouge soldier Rieng Cheat who served under Yim Tith and still refers to the accused mass murderer as 'boss'.

'We have lived here for many years and they have asked us about selling to Angelina before, but we said we weren't interested,' he said. 'This time, however, we decided it was a good offer and we should accept and move to another property in a nearby village.

Rieng Cheat gave a tour of the property and said: 'I am happy we are selling to this famous lady. We see Angelina whenever she visits and she is always very friendly. She is very thin and she has lots of tattoos, but she is pretty.'

Cheat's wife mother-of-five Chum Ny, 48, said Jolie would walk past the hut where they live on her way to swim in the river or on her way to a rock pool at the rear entrance of Jolie's property.

'She goes swimming in the morning and the evening when she is here – sometime alone and sometimes with her husband and colleagues and her children,' she said. 'I've seen her husband here too. He is a little bit fat and pale skinned but he seems very nice too.

'Angelina goes down to the river wearing just her pyjamas and a swimming suit. She is very pretty in the films but when we see her in real life she is not so glamorous.'

Jolie flew in with her staff last Monday (Feb. 20), staying from 8 am until 3 pm, Chum said.  The director of her charity spoke to Chum and her husband offering £32,000 for the stunning 2.5 hectare plot of riverside land.

The representative returned on Sunday and increased the offer to US$40,000 when Cheat told him other buyers were interested in the plot. A preliminary agreement has now been signed and thumb-printed, he said.

'They said they wanted to extend Angelina's property and let the trees grow back on the hillside leading to the river,' she said.

Chum said she had been inside the heavily guarded complex owned by Jolie. 'They have three houses hidden away inside the complex. They are very beautiful homes and Angelina usually stays here for a few days whenever she comes to Cambodia,' she said.

Cheat said he had to clear 50 to 60 landmines from the riverside area when he first moved to the plot. The surrounding hillsides are still heavily mined and Cheat said: 'When there are hill fires on the other side of the river, you will sometimes see the mines explode.'

Jolie's charity the MJP Foundation says it is committed to 'creating peace and stability in all communities by planning and implementing interventions that prevent negative environmental changes'.

Its website says: 'Working with impoverished rural villagers and local governments to alleviate food insecurity and increase access to basic primary healthcare and education, the Foundation works to implement projects that build healthy and vibrant communities.'

Representatives for Angelina Jolie did not return requests for comment.

Guards at Jolie's jungle hideaway ensure that visitors are not admitted, but a glimpse of the well maintained driveway and manicured bushes


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