Climate
A fisherman sells an off-seasonal catch at the Stung Treng city fish market on August 15, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Frightened by River Changes, Villagers Blame Laos Dam, Seek Answers

In Stung Treng, villagers are experiencing unexpected changes to their environment: disappearing fish, dying forests, eroding islands. As they grapple with changing natural cycles, they project their fears onto the giant Don Sahong dam that looms upstream.

A farmer in Kampong Cham province’s Batheay district sows rice seeds in his parched rice field on June 6, 2020. (Kong Meta/VOD)

‘Worse Than Covid-19’: Kampong Cham Farmers Fear Impact of Droughts

Farmers in Kampong Cham’s Batheay district say they are struggling to care for their crops after two years of intense drought and sparse rain, which is pushing more people to abandon their fields for factory work or jobs in the service industry.