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Archive for the 'Land Issues' Category

Odourless Money…

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

In French they say ‘l’argent n’a pas d’odeur’ (money has no odour)… Really? Six villagers from Oral and Thnong in Kompong Speu province whose lives were heavily impacted by the 8,343-hectare sugar cane plantation Phnom Penh Sugar, owned by ruling party Senator Ly Yong Phat, which was financed with a loan by ANZ Royal Bank, […]

Don’t Touch Their Rice…

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Twenty-four hours after the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded, the water went down a few centimeters only, leaving tens of houses filled with itchy and foul water. The area is located next to a containment lake which was filled up with sand by development company Sukaku Inc. who was granted a 99 year […]

When The Rain Stops…

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

In Phnom Penh, when the rain stops, the waters recede and the flooding eases away… Except in Boeung Kak: the water stays a bit longer. The following photographs were taken several hours after most other parts of central Phnom Penh were dry. This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is […]

Another Development Landscapes Update

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

For the past 5 years I have been documenting the development projects in areas where people were evicted from. Well… in fact it ends up to be a reflection on what the ‘ideal’ city looks like for some after a very superficial imagery transfer from one culture to another. These other landscape photographs can be […]

When Does A Protest Become Useless?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The communities from Borei Keila and Boeung Kak lake, together with their guests from Lorpeang (Banteay Meanchey), held yet another demonstration in front of three venues: the World Bank, the European Union and finally the National Assembly. The pertinence of their dissatisfaction cannot be questioned: they, like so many, thousands, involved in land issues in […]

Hydropower Dam Protest Runs Dry…

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The intimidating presence of a considerable numbers of riot police deployed at Wat Samaky Raingsey and near the Stung Meanchey bridge, thwarted the plan to have 100 buddhist monks and environment activists demonstrate at the Chinese embassy against the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam. Just 1 tuktuk with 4 Borei Keila land rights […]

On The Beaten Track…

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Both the evicted communities from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) and Malai (Banteay Meanchey), hosted and supported by land rights activists and buddhist monks in two different locations, marched through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver petitions at the Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly for the first and at the National Assembly only for […]

Another Hearth Of Resistance…

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Stung Meanchey pagoda, well at least some of the monks at that pagoda, together with monks from Wat Than, are involved in supporting those who are suffering from unjust situations. They were present during the SL factory worker’s strike at the end of 2013, they did show up frequently during the post-election rallies from […]