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Cambodia: 'Fight for Areng Valley'

In a remote valley in southwest Cambodia, the Chong people are fighting to protect their forests, livelihood, and heritage from the looming construction of a hydroelectric dam. The dam, sanctioned by the Cambodian government, is to be built by the Chinese company, Sinohydro. If the project moves forward, the Chong people will be displaced and their forest home -- an invaluable hotspot of biological diversity inhabited by 30 endangered species, including the Asian elephant and Siamese crocodile, will be destroyed.

Filmmaker Kalyanne Mam documents the plight of the Chong people in her film, "Fight for Areng Valley." The film was produced in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

 

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