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More Mass Evictions in Cambodia: Anlong Krom

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Mass Evictions in Anlong Krom

300 families from Anlong Krom Village are the latest
targets of ongoing illegal evictions in Kampot province.
Although they are legally entitled to their land according to the
Cambodian Land Law, they are being pushed off their land by
the military, which is intent on owning the land. In late
November, 12 soldiers entered the village armed with guns
and tazers. The soldiers proceeded to torch homes and all
possessions inside ruthlessly, beating and tazing citizens.
Four villagers, one of them a woman, were injured and
severely traumatized. One older man, bedridden and
unresponsive to his caretakers’ greetings, took ill since
soldiers burned his house for the fourth time. Another young
victim was a boy who had run to escape the soldiers, falling into a ditch and breaking his leg. His
mother struggles to care for him and reports inadequate and even verbally abusive treatment at
the hospital.
Villagers are slowly rebuilding their shacks, but wary
of constructing permanent structures as they fear they will be
destroyed yet again. Many citizens have lost their livelihoods
and abandoned their hopes for the future. Particularly affected
are widows and single mothers, who rely on the land to
provide for their children and grand-children. One widow,
tears streaming down her face, reported that her grandson was
severely ill, yet she did not have the funds to transport him to
the free health clinic just a few kilometers away.
MP Mu Sochua’s response:
MP Mu Sochua raised $3,000 from Women Against
Violence Everywhere (WAVE) for victims of Anlong Krom
evictions. She visited the village on February 6, touring the
village and visiting families. She took part in a community
meeting, negotiating an agreement between two factions in the
village and helping them to
become unified. Taking a
register of land ownership
from the community, she
promised to return with medicines for the community.
MP Mu Sochua has since written to the Ministry of
Defense to ensure there will be no more violent evictions. She
also wrote to the Ministry of Environment to ask for social
concessions for this desperate community. She will continue to
advocate for the rights of these citizens in her capacity as
elected representative of the people in Phnom Penh.
Women from Anlong Krom, many
traumatized or seriously injured
by the RCAF, which arrived
without warning
A home burnt to the ground in
November by RCAF's Brigade 31
MP Mu Sochua conducting a
community meeting in Anlong
Krom on February 6, 2009

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Mass Land evictions - CAMBODIA

Hi Ila,

Thanks alot for your concern. If everyone else is concerned as you are and have ahave is merciful as you are what is happening in Cambodia will never happen anywhere in the World. Lets pray for them GOD to touch them and stop being brutal.

I am sorry for all those who have suffered in Cambodia. May GOD heal and Comfort you. AMEN

Teresia

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