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Sandfilling and sandbars overlook the Gulf of Thailand at the IGB (Cambodia) sandfilling site in Kampot's Toek Chhou district on August 26, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Kampot, Kep Coasts Cluttered With Sandfilling Plans, Developments

Between official documents, residents’ accounts and visible evidence of filling, reporters have found five seafilling projects on the Kampot coast — some of them spanning hundreds of hectares. Affected fishers have been told there could be twice as many in all.

Rapper Kea Sokun, 22, takes part in a cleansing ceremony outside his house in Siem Reap following his release from prison on September 3, 2021. (Jack Brook/VOD)

Rapper Kea Sokun Released From Jail, No Regrets

After a year in prison on an incitement conviction for his music, 22-year-old rapper Kea Sokun was released from a Siem Reap prison on Friday and returned home with no regrets about his songs or his refusal to apologize for the lyrics in court.

Meah Ream, 58, second from left, stands with four members of her family on the platform left of their house after Union Development Group guards allegedly destroyed it in late June, in Koh Kong's Kiri Sakor district on June 28, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

On Huge Resort’s Land, Villagers Live Under Threat of Demolition

Families who built their stilted homes on Kiri Sakor district’s estuaries decades ago say their lives revolve around the antics of the Union Development Group, locked in a stalemate as they repeatedly rebuild the structures that the company’s guards dismantle.

Hei Man, the lion allowed to live in Phnom Penh, sleeps across from his canine companion at the entrance of a Boeng Keng Kang I commune villa on August 16, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

After Phnom Penh Lion’s Escape, Owner Says He’s Building a Fence

A lion that was granted special permission to live in the middle of Phnom Penh escaped for a short time this morning, after which his owner told reporters that he was building a higher fence to prevent future escapes.

Workers leave a garment factory at the end of their shift in Cambodia in 2016. (Marcel Crozet/ILO/Flickr)

As Cambodia Sheds Factory Jobs, Family Farms Lose a Lifeline

Hammered by years of debt, drought and desperation, Cambodia’s smallholder farmers have long supported themselves by sending family to work in Phnom Penh factories. But the pandemic has upended the arrangement, forcing unemployed workers back to failing farms.