Ethnic Vietnamese Return on Tide of Peace
October 14, 2007, 4:49 am
Filed under: Border Issues

Ethnic Vietnamese Return on Tide of Peace

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh


On the southeastern outskirts of Phnom Penh, just across the Monivong bridge, scores of straw-roofed, wooden houses line the river bank, forming a small village of ethnic Vietnamese.

In front of a shabby looking cottage-like house, 73-year-old Le The Ba was sitting and watching to the left and right, waiting to see if there were any customers coming to have their bicycles repaired. From his perch he has been able to watch the small flotillas of ethnic Vietnamese fishing families, who fled a Khmer Rouge-inspired ethnic cleansing campaign earlier this uear, return up the Tonle Bassac river. Continue reading


Immigration: The view from the street
October 14, 2007, 4:48 am
Filed under: Border Issues

Immigration: The view from the street

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh


A STREET survey of both Khmer and Vietnamese attitudes towards the immigration law and immigrants in general has been carried out by the Post. Here are the results:

Ethnic Vietnamese Pham Yang Houng, 63, a carpenter
“I think I have been living in Cambodia for three lives already. Even my great grand parents were also born here in Russeikeo district, Phnom Penh. But it depends on the government – if they let us stay we prefer to stay and if they want us to leave we will leave.” Continue reading

More snarling among neighbors
October 14, 2007, 4:45 am
Filed under: Border Issues

More snarling among neighbors

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh


A LONG-STANDING border dispute between Kompong Cham villagers and their Vietnamese neighbors briefly threatened to flare into violence recently.

Kompong Cham governor Hun Neng confirmed the incident where Vietnamese authorities – and armed soldiers – used bulldozers to raze around 100 hectares of farmland and cashew crops.

“Sometimes we almost roll our shirt sleeves up at one another,” Hun Neng told the Post. However, he said that following meetings between Cambodian and Vietnamese border officials the two sides “have agreed to the status quo.” Continue reading