Fork in the River

Source: Roads & Kingdoms

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KBAL ROMEAS, Cambodia—

Dam Samnang’s home will soon be submerged. But he isn’t budging.

Samnang knows that his village, Kbal Romeas, which sits on the banks of the Srepok River, a tributary of the Mekong River in northwest Cambodia, is going to be inundated by water from a downstream hydroelectric dam. But the 30-year-old fisherman has spurned compensation for his family’s relocation and is staying put.

“What we want is our village, our river. The river and forest are not for sale, and especially not our identity and dignity,” he explains.

To emphasize that point, Samnang’s home has a spray-painted ...

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