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New Naratif : Cambodia’s Showcase Island

Evictees were sometimes put up in relocation sites upwards of 30 kilometers from the city centre. “Most of them—99 percent—move back because it's too far,” says Sia Phearum, head of the Housing Rights Task Force. “They return to Phnom Penh to [become] a construction worker or moto [taxi] driver.”.


As central Phnom Penh has gentrified, lower and middle class Cambodians have been pushed farther and farther from the city’s core. Unremarkable houses in central neighborhoods like Boeung Keng Kang come with price tags clearing USD3 million—enough to buy a Tribeca loft or a refurbished two-bedroom in Notting Hill. The small but growing middle class have found more reasonably-priced places farther out. Phearum says he paid about USD70,000 for his house 10 kilometers from the city. He was able to afford it because of his relatively well-paying NGO salary, but others are not so fortunate.


“The majority make only USD1,500 per year, so what can they do?” he asks. “Since 1993 until now, the government and the developers just favor the rich or the upper-middle class… I have found one or two or three companies who develop affordable housing. It’s just a start.”

Source : New Naratif on January 8, 2018


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