Across rural Cambodia, thousands of families feel insecure in their own homes. They live in fear and uncertainty because, since 2000, almost 800,000 people have been forcefully evicted from their homes.
In Eastern Cambodia, the privatisation of the local rubber plantation not only removed this communities livelihoods but threatened the loss of the homes these families had lived in for generations.
The community spent seven years fighting this injustice; but they had no success. Rather than allowing the conflict to escalate, Cord equipped Vanna with the skills and confidence to work peacefully with the local government and to develop a relationship of trust with them.
Now 434 families in this community have secured the land titles that protect their homes.
Cord and partner organisation CCFC worked together to support this community by training individuals like Soucheng and Srei Oun. Because of what has been achieved in this community, CCFC plans to bring others here to learn from their experience; to inspire and motivate other communities to take the same approach.
“We hope this will inspire and motivate other land rights campaigners in Cambodia to take the same approach as Soucheng and others here.”
Moeun, one of CCFC’s founders, is proud of the progress that has been made but his organisation is facing challenges because of the sensitivity of the issues they are trying to tackle.
The story of this community’s fight will feature in our upcoming BBC Radio 4 Appeal, presented by Dan Snow on the 26th and 30th of November. To find out more and to read more stories from this community, please click here.