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Sran Lanj, who became the leader of the Old Kbal Romeas community after the community was flooded and split, in her kitchen in Stung Treng province on September 22, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Indigenous Residents at Sesan Dam Prepare for New Fight

Bunong villagers flushed out by Sesan dam floodwaters have been taking boats to visit ancestral grounds, wading through clusters of dying trees that were not adapted to survive permanent floods. They are now bracing for a new fight as a rubber company eyes their refuge on higher ground.

Romas Mam, an indigenous Jarai representative from Ratanakiri province’s O’Yadaw district, speaks to a reporter at the Extractive Industries Governance Forum in Phnom Penh on November 22, 2019. (Hun Sirivadh/VOD)

Indigenous Communities Want More Transparency Around Mining Projects

Indigenous community representatives told a forum on extractive industries on Friday that they were concerned about the effects mining projects in their areas could have on their health and livelihoods, and asked that they be better informed by companies and the government.