‘Why do we have no rights?’: Phnom Penh lake community make a last stand against developers

Cambodian capital has lost more than half its lakes to a housing boom – but a group of women are risking jail to fight against land grabs and evictions.

The lake where Prak Sophea lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh is unrecognisable from when she built her stilted shack more than 20 years ago.

Back then, she could barely see the other side of the lake. Now, signs of rapid development are everywhere as bulldozers haul freshly dug earth from the shoreline and signs advertise new boreys, or gated communities.

As the shoreline changes, the 3,200-hectare (8,000-acre) lake is disappearing: every day, dozens of trucks dump big piles of sand into the water, which creep closer to Sophea’s wooden home.

In full: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/nov/08/why-do-we-have-no-rights-phnom-penh-lake-community-make-last-stand-against-developers

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