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STORIES OF EVICTION FROM THE YOUTH OF PHNOM PENH

Created by Sour Piseth January 11, 2013 - Category: Society
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Over the past ten years, 130,000 families living in Phnom Penh have been evicted
and relocated to the outskirts of the city. While people of all ages have been
moved to resettlement sites, many of those severely affected are children and young
people.
Being displaced is a traumatic experience, intimidation and violence sometimes
accompany the process, but almost everyone affected endures mental stress
and the physical impacts of being removed from their work, social environment, and
community contacts.
Living outside the city is harder. There are less jobs and opportunities to
earn money, and the men are often forced to seek new work in new locations that separates
them from the family. This makes the situation harder for women and children
who find themselves alone in entirely new surroundings, often lacking basic access
to clean water let alone electricity and other services such as schools, health
centres and Wats. Young people often also have to leave their school and friends
behind. Some never return to school forced instead to take up work to complement
thier family’s income.
As part of STT’s youth and media projects, intern and media student Ly You Y
spoke to young people in relocations sites about their experiences. Here are some
of their stories.

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