Out of sight, out of mind: Two months on, the future of Phnom Penh’s Chams remains uncertain

Two months after they were initially handed a one-week eviction notice, the Chroy Changvar Cham community, now consigned to the river-bank, are still searching for a permanent home.

If you didn’t know it was coming to an end, life in the Chroy Changvar Cham fishing village would appear tranquil in many ways.

The settlement, or what’s left of it, is clustered below a glimmering white hotel on the muddy banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, on the very tip of the Chroy Changvar peninsula, the land that splits the two rivers in a wide fork that runs through Phnom Penh.

But though the villagers here can easily watch the growth of the city’s skyline on the opposite shore, their own small village is disappearing.

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