Vietnamese Evicted From Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Begin to Return

Ethnic Vietnamese evicted last year from a floating village on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake are beginning to return, citing poor conditions at the site chosen for their relocation and claiming they need to look after fish farms left behind, Cambodian sources say.

The move to evict residents of the floating village follows a campaign two years ago that saw thousands repatriated to Vietnam from their homes on the Tonle Sap, where global warming and overfishing have reduced the seasonal inflow and outflow of water on the environmentally threatened lake.

Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of around 2,300 residents were moved from the lake last year to land almost a mile away in Kampong Chhang province, with around 700 families allowed to remain because their homes use floating nets to farm fish.

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