Borei Keila Evictees Rally at Developer’s Home

Trying a new tactic in their fight for compensation, residents of the Borei Keila community on Monday took their appeal directly to the home of the developer whose company built on the land where their former homes stood.

Phanimex began evicting families in 2003 to make way for new apartments.

But about 30 families have lingered in an old building as they seek the housing they were promised as part of the project.

Family representatives traveled on Monday morning to the Phnom Penh home of Phanimex owner Suy Sophan to hand over a petition.

They want Ms. Sophan to offer them land and compensation ranging from $10,000 up to the same amount given to six other families, though details of those compensation deals have not been released.

“We went to her house today because five years ago, she handed the issue to City Hall to find a solution, but City Hall didn’t find a solution for us,” said Ngov Nary, who was representing three families.

“So we are asking Suy Sophan to help us like she helped the six families.”

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