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Evictees Begin to Leave Phnom Penh’s Crumbling ‘White Building’

More than 80 families living in the iconic White Building in central Phnom Penh have left after agreeing compensation deals with Japanese company Arakawa, which is set to develop the site. Families living in the run-down building have until July 6 to leave the premises after settling deals with Arakawa, which will spend some $80 million redeveloping the site. Most of the residents have agreed to sell after resisting pressure to relocate for years, but now only a few hold outs remain.
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Investor representatives, authorities and residents of Phnom Penh's White Building are processing legal papers before the residents can receive their money transferred via bank checks, June 6, 2017. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Investor representatives, authorities and residents of Phnom Penh's White Building are processing legal papers before the residents can receive their money transferred via bank checks, June 6, 2017. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

The room of an art association in Phnom Penh's White Building is seen abandoned on June 6, 2017. The art association will be moved out as the White Building residents start moving out. The White Building has been authorized to investors for development project. (Khan Sokummono/ VOA Khmer)
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The room of an art association in Phnom Penh's White Building is seen abandoned on June 6, 2017. The art association will be moved out as the White Building residents start moving out. The White Building has been authorized to investors for development project. (Khan Sokummono/ VOA Khmer)

Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)
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Residents of Phnom Penh's White Building move out June 6, 2017 after negotiations finished. The White Building is authorized to a Japanese development project for redevelopment. (Khan Sokummono/VOA Khmer)

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