5 glimpses into the consequences of land grabs in Cambodia » Street view Andong slum
In June 2006 a community of 1,367 families were uprooted from central Phnom Penh and forcibly relocated to open swampland in Andong, 22 km from the city and their livelihoods; to make way for a shopping mall which is yet to be built.Seven years on these families are still waiting to be provided with sanitation, health care, electricity.Their numbers now reach beyond 5,000. Their latrine is an open field. Water for washing and cooking is piped in rickety plastic hoses at uncertain times of day and stored in large open earthenware jars standing in shockingly polluted water.In the rainy seasons most makeshift homes are practically submerged in sewage water.In
drier months the stench is overwhelming.Dysentery is rife, dengue fever and cholera are chronic.These relocated communities have
not, to date, received âeven one grain of rice in compensationâ.