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09 September 2008. Phnom Penh, Boeung Kak Lake.
A young girl kneels to pray in front of two monks collecting their daily alms.
Boeung Kak, Phnom Penh’s largest natural lake, is set to be 90% filled over the next year, to make way for a large residential and commercial complex. An estimated 4,250 families will be affected by the development. The compensation offered by the developer, Shukaku Inc. is considered unfair by the lake-side residents who have taken their plight to the door-step of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The filling will continue, regardless of fact that adequate compensations have not been negotiated. Few details of the plans have been disclosed leaving the residents and their lawyer with very little information.
I have been documenting the changing landscape and displacement of families around Boeung Kak Lake for the past 12 months. This photo, taken early in the project, represents the strong influence Buddhism has on everyday life in Cambodia. Circumstances, good or bad, are often absolved as Karma and change is accepted and taken into stride.