A Chinese-financed hydropower mega-dam in northeastern Cambodia has been a “disaster” for local communities, validating warnings that were made by activists and environmentalists more than a decade ago.
In a new report released today, the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) documents the cascading negative economic, social, and cultural externalities of the Lower Sesan 2 dam. Stretching across the confluence of the Sesan and Srepok Rivers, two tributaries of the Mekong River, the dam has been described as a key project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
In addition to displacing nearly 5,000 people, the project has also dented the livelihoods of tens of thousands of others both upstream and downstream of the mammoth dam wall, one of the widest in Asia.
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