Long marginalised and stateless, ethnic Vietnamese fishers in Cambodia have once again been evicted from their floating dwellings on Phnom Penh waterways. Now, hundreds have tried to migrate to Vietnam, but amid the pandemic, they have been left adrift.
Author Archives: Danielle Keeton-Olsen
Danielle Keeton-Olsen is a freelance journalist and contributing reporter and editor for VOD English. Living in Cambodia for more than four years, her reporting focuses on environmental change and impacts, labour and economy, as well as human rights.
What Happened to Wanchalearm?
A year after Wanchalearm Satsaksit vanished, authorities say there is no proof he was abducted in Phnom Penh. A joint investigation reveals details of the Thai dissident’s escape from Thailand, life in exile in Cambodia and the last days before he disappeared.
A Surrogate Family and the Law That Criminalised Them
Cambodia banned commercial surrogacy in 2016, but the future of the practice and people involved is unclear. Since then, about 100 surrogate mothers have been ordered by courts to raise the children they carried for others—a costly but happy result for one.
“Very Lonely”: Cambodian Muslims Face Discrimination as Virus Cases Rise
Cambodian Muslims in Phnom Penh say they are experiencing a drop in customers frequenting their businesses and other discrimination after a number of reported infections within their community were linked to a religious gathering in Malaysia.
As Flooded Forests Burn, Cambodia Dreams of Carbon Credit Cash
Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake ecosystem has been strained by hydropower dams, drought and unprecedented forest fires. Now, surrounding flooded forests, people who rely on them, and the forests’ carbon-capturing potential face increasing threats.