The remnants of village 1 in Boeung Kak, situated along the railway tracks on the north-western side of what was once Boeung Kak lake are slated for eviction to make way for the new railway development. These villagers missed out on the land titles and compensation that was offered to other villages around Boeung Kak.
Villagers in the early evening in Village 1 on Boeung Kak are slated to be evicted to make way for the development of the railway. 04 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013
Families gather in the early evening in Village 1 on Boeung Kak are slated to be evicted to make way for the development of the railway. 04 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013
A young girl in Village 1 on Boeung Kak are slated to be evicted to make way for the development of the railway. 04 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013
Construction of the Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Stung Treng province will begin in 2014 and the government will spend next year relocating some 5,000 people from villages that are located in the dam’s future reservoir area, but neither a start date for construction nor details of compensation for those to be affected has been made public.
Earth samples at the location where the dam is planned to be built lay abandoned in crates. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012
A young boy lives with his family on the banks of the river a few 100 meters below the planned site for the dam. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012
A fisherman on the Sesan river near the planned site for the dam. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012
The banks of the Sesan River 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012
A villager shows off his catch in a village downstream from the planned site of the dam. 10 Nov. 2012 © Nicolas Axelrod
The banks of the Mekong River downstream of were the Sesan river meets the Mekong River. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012
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“We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of contemporary human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to the Buddha, Christ or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefield will then become our temples. We have so much work to do.”
This is a quote from Preah Maha Ghosananda that perfectly sums up the work of the Venerable Loun Sovath.
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