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Child Labor Tourism 01
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Viku Tupse is 9 years old. Among the trash, he found a broken face of Mickey Mouse. He knows that this will pull on the heartstrings of tourists and puts it on the head. He does not understand why tourists visit the garbage dump where he works, but he likes the candies that they give him. He has lived in the landfill for two years.

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Child Labor Tourism 02
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A group of tourists is lead through the landfill in Siem Reap, Cambodia where many children work sorting trash.

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Child Labor Tourism 03
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Sau Srey Neang is 11 years old and has three brothers and one sister younger. She has gone over a half a year without hearing from her father, who went to work to Thailand. She knows that her family needs help, but she wants to continue studying to be a teacher. This is her first year working in the landfill.

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Child Labor Tourism 04
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A group of tourists disturb children working in the garbage dump of Anlong Pi while the children are resting. The tourists, visiting this landfill as part of their package vacation to Cambodia, take pictures of the children with their cameras and phones. Their tour route offers a visit to the garbage dump where children work alongside adults in extreme poverty and dangerous conditions, allowing them to take pictures with the children. The landfill is located a few kilometers from Siem Reap, the most famous tourist destination in Cambodia, for the temples of Angkor.

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Child Labor Tourism 05
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Hael Kemra is 15 years old. In the future she wants to be an English teacher. She began working at the dump at 10 years old. Her mother took her to the garbage dump to earn money when her father abandoned them.

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Child Labor Tourism 06
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Children and their parents, all are landfill workers. They scavenge in the trash and look for recyclable materials inside the garbage dump with a metal hook attached to a wooden stick, walking behind a bulldozer. Tons of waste arrive daily to garbage dump of Anlong Pi from the tourist destination of Siem Reap. Largely for economic reasons, children are forced to work at the landfill by their parents. Some study in the mornings, and in the afternoons they will work at the landfill.

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Child Labor Tourism 07
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A Japanese tourist gets his picture taken with children working in the garbage dump by his hiking mates. Tourists take pictures and give candies to children. This group of Japanese tourist are medical students who have come to the dump Anlog Pi on their tour rote.

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Child Labor Tourism 08
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Lia Neang Syer is 14 years old. She began working in the garbage dumb at 10 years old. She could not continue studying, because she had no money to pay for books and extra lessons. She has two sisters and one younger brother, and her mother also works at the garbage dump. She does not like the job, but she is forced to work because her family needs the money to live. Behind her, other children look for plastic and metal to sell.

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Child Labor Tourism 09
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

The inhabitants of landfills burn some of the waste they receive because it is impossible to recycle all of it, and space is limited. Toxic gases are unbearable, and soil and groundwater are contaminated. Some locals fall sick due to the continuous intake of toxic gases.

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Child Labor Tourism 10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A Japanese tourist covers her mouth with her hands because she can't bear the strong smell that this mountain of toxic waste and decaying food generates. She does this without putting down the iphone with which she takes pictures. Some children living and working in the landfill laugh at her.

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Child Labor Tourism 11
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Meas Chan, 10, looks for recyclable materials inside the garbage dump. Tons of waste arrive daily to garbage dump of Anlong Pi from the tourist destination of Siem Reap. He walks behind a bulldozer driven by his father, while his younger brother looks at him. About 50 under-aged children work in the garbage dump according to available data.

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Child Labor Tourism 12
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Suy Sokhon is 16 years old, and has gone two years without going to school. Her parents can not afford the costs of books and tuition. She has worked in the landfill from 12 years of age.

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Child Labor Tourism 13
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

While Sueun Chany, 12, carries large bags of trash from one side of the garbage dump to the other, a tourist waits to take pictures of children alongside their peers who have arrived by Tuk-Tuk. Foreign tourist visit the Anlong Pi garbage dump as part of their holiday in Cambodia.

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Child Labor Tourism 14
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

More than 50 minors work in this garbage dump, most of whom have come with their families from different regions of the country to work.

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Child Labor Tourism 15
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A group of tourists leave on the bus that brought them to the garbage dump of Anlong Pi. Children say goodbye to tourists, hoping to receive more sweets or some money. Tourists continue taking pictures as they say goodbye to the children and residents of the garbage dump.

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Child Labor Tourism 16
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A group of Japanese tourists take pictures of the landfill. Tourists are informed of these visits by word of mouth or directly with local tour guides in the hotels where they stay.

Families working in the landfill do not say anything about the tours. They are silent. The landfill is controlled by a private company that decides who works or does not work at the Anlong Pi, and the company benefits from these tours.

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Child Labor Tourism 17
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Kon Mai, 15, stands atop a mountain of garbage from which he looks defiantly towards a group of tourists. He started to work in the garbage dump at 12 years-old. He had to leave school because his parents constantly travel from one place to another in the country, or even outside Cambodia, looking for work to support him and his five young brothers. His parents now also work at the garbage dump. At home, he faces domestic violence, and he wants to leave as soon as possible. In the future, he would like to work in construction.

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Child Labor Tourism 18
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A truck from GAEA, the company in charge of landfill Anlong Pi, arrives at the landfill full of garbage from Siem Reap. From dawn to dusk, for a minimum of 12 hours per day, people working in the landfill, children and adults, scavenge through tons of waste, looking for recyclable materials or any items with value that can be sold like plastic, paper, copper, glass, etc. to eek out a living.

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Child Labor Tourism 19
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

More than 50 minors work in this garbage dump with their families from different regions of the country.

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Child Labor Tourism 20
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Japanese tourists cover their faces with masks to avoid breathing in toxins or bacteria. One woman takes photos of children working in the garbage dump.

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Child Labor Tourism 21
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

More than 50 minors work in this garbage dump with their families from different regions of the country.

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Child Labor Tourism 22
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

The increase in tourism has generated an increase of garbage in Siem Reap. This situation has worsened conditions for families living and working in Anlong Pi. The landfill is being expanded by GAEA. This company earns big money with the business of garbage and recycling.

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Child Labor Tourism 23
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Kon Mai is 15 years old. He had to leave school because his parents constantly travel from one place to another in the country, or even outside Cambodia, looking for work to support him and his five young brothers. His parents now also work at the garbage dump. At home, he faces domestic violence, and he wants to leave as soon as possible. In the future, he would like to work in construction.

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Child Labor Tourism 24
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

A group of tourists leave on the bus that brought them to the garbage dump of Anlong Pi. Children say goodbye to tourists, hoping to receive more sweets or some money. Tourists continue taking pictures as they say goodbye to the children and residents of the garbage dump.

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Child Labor Tourism 25
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Rengel
07 Nov 2014

Sigen Rathy is 12 years old. She returns to work as the tourists leave the landfill after their tour. She wants to be a doctor in the future. Working alongside her parents, she earns about 4000 rieles daily, or just under one dollar.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's Bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By U.S. Editor
04 Jul 2013

With the Cambodian election campaigns now in full swing ruling party CPP leader prime minister Hun Sen makes a highly guarded visit to Siem Reap to attend various meetings. Hun Sen is the second longest serving leader in Southeast Asia and is one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world, having been in power through various coalitions since 1985. In 1987, Amnesty International accused Hun Sen's government of torture of thousands of political prisoners using "electric shocks, hot irons and near-suffocation with plastic bags. Hun Sen's government has been responsible for the sale of vast amounts of land to foreign investors resulting in the forced eviction of thousands upon thousands of residents from their homes throughout the country.

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River be dammed 01
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Tacon
17 Oct 2012

Residents of the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake paddle homeward at sunset. From June to October, heavy rain causes the lake to swell from 2,500 sq km to 12,000 sq km. These waters boast one the world's greatest sources of freshwater fish.

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River be dammed 03
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Tacon
17 Oct 2012

A home on stilts at dusk on Tonle Sap Lake. From June to October, heavy rain causes the lake to swell from 2,500 sq km to 12,000 sq km.

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River be dammed 04
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Tacon
07 Oct 2012

A young girl navigates her way in canoe between homes on stilts on Tonle Sap Lake.

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River be dammed 05
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Tacon
07 Oct 2012

A family with a small store at their home on stilts on Tonle Sap Lake.

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River be dammed 02
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By David Tacon
05 Oct 2012

Sopier Gung, 25, paddles her family's canoe through the village in which she lives the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. This impoverished area has seen little benefit from the buses of tourists brought to the lake to sightsee on commercial motor boats.

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EVICTION AND DESTRUCTION, FORCED EVIC...
Slokram, Cambodia
By George Nickels
28 Aug 2012

A lively and cultural community in Siem Reap has come to an abrupt and sad end. Nearly 400 Cambodian and Vietnamese families have been evicted from their homes beside the Siem Reap river in the Slokram commune of the city. The decision has been made by officials - with the reasons stated as needing to develop, widen the river and make new communal gardens.

The Vietnamese and Cambodians I spoke to told me how after notification by letter to take down their fragile wooden shacks on stilts, and find a new home elsewhere.

A considerable police force arrived in the early hours, and demanded that all families and businesses had one day to leave, or their homes would be destroyed.

Because some of these river residents have been living and working in the area for over 15 years, I was told that the government have offered the Cambodian residents a small piece of land at Sala Kamroeuk commune, 6 kilometers outside the city on a flood plain. They will also receive a small payment of a few hundred dollars.
I have recently spoken to some of the evicted families and still they have received no compensation, so even if they did decide to move to proposed flood prone area they would not have enough money to build simple shelters.

However, the Vietnamese have been given a small amount of compensation, but have no land rights, up to 10 families with countless children are all now homeless.

That morning, an emergency meeting was called so that the residents could protest to the district governor about the situation; I attended on the invite of a Vietnamese family, and on our return to the commune, some families found that their properties had been taken down in their absence.

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Eviction and Destruction
Siem Reap River, Cambodia
By PaulGadalla
02 Jul 2012

A lively and cultural community in Siem Reap has come to an abrupt and sad end. Nearly 400 Cambodian and Vietnamese families have been evicted from their homes beside the Siem Reap river in the Slokram commune of the city. The decision has been made by officials - with the reasons stated as needing to develop, widen the river and make new communal gardens.

The Vietnamese and Cambodians I spoke to told me how after notification by letter to take down their fragile wooden shacks on stilts, and find a new home elsewhere.

A considerable police force arrived in the early hours, and demanded that all families and businesses had one day to leave, or their homes would be destroyed.

Because some of these river residents have been living and working in the area for over 15 years, I was told that the government have offered the Cambodian residents a small piece of land at Sala Kamroeuk commune, 6 kilometers outside the city on a flood plain. They will also receive a small payment of a few hundred dollars.
I have recently spoken to some of the evicted families and still they have received no compensation, so even if they did decide to move to proposed flood prone area they would not have enough money to build simple shelters.

However, the Vietnamese have been given a small amount of compensation, but have no land rights, up to 10 families with countless children are all now homeless.

That morning, an emergency meeting was called so that the residents could protest to the district governor about the situation; I attended on the invite of a Vietnamese family, and on our return to the commune, some families found that their properties had been taken down in their absence.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (10 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

A Cambodian boy carries a bucket of water from the well by international aid in Floating Village in Tonle Sap Lake, one of areas suffer severe poverty, near Siem Reap.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (11 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

A young child looks out of the poorly constructed house with woods in floating village in Tonle Sap lake, one of areas suffer severe poverty.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (17 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

Children in floating village at Tonle Sap lake, one of areas where suffer severe poverty.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (2 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
02 Aug 2008

Children look out from a poorly constructed with wooden flame house that has water leak during rain in a village near Siem Reap.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (12 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
01 Aug 2008

A family sit in the poorly constructed house with wood. Drought weather severely affected a family that make a living with agriculture.

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Children in poverty, Cambodia (14 of 20)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
01 Aug 2008

A child play in stream with a dirt water in agricultural area near Siem Reap that was affected severely by drought weather.