To commemorate this day and this collective protest, I would like to honor the indigenous women warriors of Areng Valley, who are speaking out and fighting to protect their land from the construction of a controversial dam.
Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer to mark International Human Rights Day. It is accompanied by a short film she produced looking at the lives of the women of the Areng Valley, who oppose a proposed hydroelectric dam there they say endangers their way of life.
Freshwater from the rivers of Cambodia are an integral part of life in Cambodia and a key element of the Khmer national character. The Mekong River Commission meets December 12 in Pakse, Laos to receive public input on the planned Don Sahong Dam, proposed by the Lao government to be built on a Mekong River site two kilometers from the Cambodian border and Steung Treng province. The MRC will take attendees on a field trip to the site on December 11.