The White Building is one of Phnom Penh’s most notorious apartment buildings, one that many locals consider a slum. It’s crumbling, it’s rundown and it’s facing demolition – and its home to 2500 tenants – who mostly pay rent and love to live there.
The following are my on-location field notes from December 2015. I travelled with a Krung guide into the forest, he introduced me to the highlanders and translated all interviews.
The highlander tribes in the northeast of Cambodia have lost their battle – even though there are Highlander Associations and diverse NGOs trying to do their best to protect them from land-grabbing. “First comes the road, then goes the trees” – and if the trees go their time has come as well.
Siem Reap, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Phnom Penh
Peace is all people want – and businesses, foreign and local, take advantage of it, exploiting the country and their people to a point of no return.