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An area of newly cleared trees captured via drone just outside the Toal Community Protected Area in Stung Treng's Anlong Phe commune on May 18, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Power Line Markers Reveal Looming Path of Destruction in Prey Lang

Marker poles have begun to be laid through the center of the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary for the construction of a major power transmission line. Members of a community protected area disrupted by the project fear oncoming harm for wildlife and communities.

Stung Treng’s military police chief Ieng Vandy, in a photo posted on the force's Facebook page on March 11.

Stung Treng Military Police Chief Faces Illegal Detention Complaint

A mines department worker has accused Stung Treng’s military police chief Ieng Vandy of bullying him, confiscating his motorbike and detaining him overnight when he delivered a document to him — not the first time Vandy has faced a complaint of illegal detention or violence.

The road through the Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam that residents must take to enter or leave Srekor commune, on May 20, 2022. (Photo: Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

In Dam-Divided Srekor, Opposition Candidate Eyes Return With Lofty Plans

After a hydropower dam forced resettlement, most Sesan residents made new lives in a grid of identical stilted houses in New Srekor, while some resisters founded Old Srekor. An ex-opposition commune chief is now looking to make a comeback in a split community.

The Candlelight Party’s campaign rally in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Campaigning Kicks Off for June 5 Commune Election

VOD reporters followed the launch of the official campaigning period for the June 5 commune election on Saturday morning. The Candlelight Party held a march through Phnom Penh, while the ruling CPP conducted gatherings within communes. Other parties like the Grassroots Democratic Party and the Khmer National United Party also kicked off their campaigning.

Land granted to tycoon Khun Sea in Preah Sihanouk province’s Ream National Park. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

10,000 Hectares Privatized for Khun Sea, ‘Families’

Six sub-decrees signed in the span of a week privatized nearly 10,000 hectares across four provinces, with thousands of hectares going to unspecified families in northeastern provinces and a plot in Ream National Park adding to land tycoon Khun Sea’s property empire. 

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.