Keat Soriththeavy
Soun Chanraksmey, who took out a $15,000 microfinance loan before being evicted from Angkor Archaeological Park, pictured in Run Ta Ek on January 18, 2023. (Fiona Kelliher/VOD)

‘Everyone Has Loans’: MFIs Used Angkor Land as Collateral for Years

As thousands of families evicted from Angkor Wat move to a desolate relocation site, they are leaving behind plots of land they have used as collateral for microfinance loans — putting them in the tenuous position of having to repay loans without income or access to the land itself.

ABA ATMs in Phnom Penh in May 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Banks Block Overseas Transfers to NagaWorld Union Strikers

NagaWorld union members are alleging that ABA Bank blocked three transactions to their accounts from an overseas donor while giving various explanations about negative news of the union in the press or anti-money laundering measures.

Participants from indigenous communities attend a forum in Phnom Penh. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Indigenous Groups Warn: ‘We Will Be Slaves on Our Land’

Communities are already facing lawsuits for traditional farming practices and seeing encroachment on ancestral lands as new draft laws are set to further erode protections, indigenous groups warned in a forum with government officials on Wednesday.

One More Co. Ltd., a firm directed by the Pheapimex CEO's daughter Choeng Sokuntheavy, received 221.9 hectares of land at the center of Kirirom National Park, according to maps published in late December. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Kirirom National Park, Bati District Land Granted to Elites

Relatives of infamous Pheapimex CEO Choeung Sopheap received forest land in the center of Kirirom National Park, while a minister, tycoons and an apparent relative of first lady Bun Rany all received state land, according to official documents published in late December.