Monday, January 26, 2009


This morning was a startling reminder of the desperate situation of so many around us and how volatile the city can be.

A community in Phnom Penh (about 800-1400 families) was forcibly evicted from their land (even though some of them had the legal rights to their land) at 6 am this morning.

In the early hours of Saturday morning (24 Jan) 300 police in riot gear and 500 demolition workers surrounded the residents of Dey Krahorm together with heavy machinery ready to forcibly evict the 150 families living in the village. At 6am the police and workers moved
in, using tear gas, batons, water cannons, fire extinguishers and rubber projectiles. The result was a war zone in the middle of PP which has now left hundreds of villages (men, women and children) homeless and with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The scary thing is that this happened at the door step to the National Assembly and just a stone's throw away from Hun Sen Park. -Justin F

Here is live footage from human rights monitors at the scene.
This is NOT appropriate for young children.


Anonymous said...

Kara, just wonerding what the reason for all this is, (evicting all these people) it appears they're causing more damage than good. What a disaster! HOpe all is ok over there now. Stephanie Hampson (van woerden)

Kara said...

Hi Stephanie! It's in the name of the dollar...making way for new upscale housing and buildings. Land is scarce in Phnom Penh so every meter means $$$. People in the city are helping out with food, clothing, etc. while they try to get on their feet again.