Sesan River Dam

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.

Earth samples at the location where the dam is planned to be built lay abandoned in crates. 10 Nov. 2012

Earth samples at the location where the dam is planned to be built lay abandoned in crates. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012

A young boy lives with his family on the banks of the river a few 100 meters below the planned site for the dam. 10 Nov. 2012

A young boy lives with his family on the banks of the river a few 100 meters below the planned site for the dam. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012

A fisherman on the Sesan river near the planned site for the dam. 10 Nov. 2012

A fisherman on the Sesan river near the planned site for the dam. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012

The banks of the Sesan River 10 Nov. 2012

The banks of the Sesan River 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012

A villager shows off his catch in a village downstream from the planned site of the dam. 10 Nov. 2012 © Nicolas Axelrod

A villager shows off his catch in a village downstream from the planned site of the dam. 10 Nov. 2012 © Nicolas Axelrod

The banks of the Mekong River south of were the Sesan river meets the Mekong River. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012

The banks of the Mekong River downstream of were the Sesan river meets the Mekong River. 10 Nov. 2012. © Nicolas Axelrod 2012

Venerable Loun Sovath

“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.

New Trailer for Loun Sovath Released

This is the new trailer for the Venerable Loun Sovath. We hope that you enjoy!

Interview in the Phnom Penh Post

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

Screen shot from the article on The Phnom Penh Post website.

Screen shot from the article on The Phnom Penh Post website.

For Tim Sakmony

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/

Tim Sakmony dances at her release ceremony in Borei Keila. She had spent more than 100 days in pre-trial detention. 03 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Tim Sakmony dances at her release ceremony in Borei Keila. She had spent more than 100 days in pre-trial detention. 03 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Borei Keila community members dance the Gangnam style at the release ceremony of Tim Sakmony 03 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013

Borei Keila community members dance the Gangnam style at the release ceremony of Tim Sakmony 03 Jan. 2013. © Nicolas Axelrod 2013