NGO Urges Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to Intervene in Eviction of Vietnamese From Tonle Sap Lake

A nongovernmental organization in Cambodia called on the country’s Interior Ministry to intervene in the eviction of more than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on the Tonle Sap Lake, saying land demarcated for their relocation lacks the infrastructure necessary to support them.

Authorities have said that 2,300 ethnic Vietnamese will be moved from their “floating village” on the lake and settled on land about one kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) away in Kampong Chhnang province, while other families will be relocated to the province’s Rolea B’ier district, where media reports say a local Vietnamese association has bought land for them to live on.

Khmer-Vietnamese Association President Sim Chi told RFA’s Khmer Service in an interview Tuesday that the sites lack infrastructure such as a hospital or medical clinic, as well as access to water and electricity, and that the impoverished villagers can’t afford to set up such services on their own.

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