Construction of the Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Stung Treng province will begin in 2014 and the government will spend next year relocating some 5,000 people from villages that are located in the dam’s future reservoir area, but neither a start date for construction nor details of compensation for those to be affected has been made public.
“We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of contemporary human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to the Buddha, Christ or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefield will then become our temples. We have so much work to do.”
This is a quote from Preah Maha Ghosananda that perfectly sums up the work of the Venerable Loun Sovath.
This is the new trailer for the Venerable Loun Sovath. We hope that you enjoy!
Film reveals human cost of Cambodia’s development
BY SOO JIN KIM
After three years spent filming the lives of three extraordinary individuals including an HIV-positive widow and a monk turned human-rights defender, a hard-hitting documentary about the human cost of development in Cambodia will be released next year.
The Cause for Progress explores the impact of development on modern society in Cambodia through following the lives of three individuals caught up in a struggle to live and survive in the face of forced eviction.
Please have a look at the full article here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013010160554/Lifestyle/film-reveals-human-cost-of-cambodia-s-development.html
After the morning ceremony for Borei Keila, the ambience switched tones to celebrate the release of Tim Sakmony. She had spent more than 100 days in pre-trial detention. See the post about the day of the trial here: http://blog.thecauseofprogress.com/2012/12/27/trials-and-verdicts/