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George Nickels is a
photographer based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. His photo essay ‘Slokran Commune
Evictions’ deals with the on-going upheaval of fractions of both local and
foreign peoples in Cambodia.
Nearly 400 Cambodian and
Vietnamese families have been evicted from their homes beside the Siem Reap
river in the Slokram commune of the city. The decision has been made by
officials - with the reasons stated as: needing to develop the surrounding area, widen the river and
make new communal gardens. The Vietnamese and Cambodians I spoke to told me how
after notification by letter, they expected to have until the 1st of April to
take down their fragile wooden shacks on stilts, and find a new home elsewhere.
On the 26th of March, a considerable police force arrived in the early hours,
and demanded that all families and businesses had one day to leave, or their
homes would be destroyed. - George Nickels
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“Where will I go now? I have no husband and three children; the authorities have compensated me $550 with no relocation plan. I’m scared of what the future holds for me and my family.”
“Armed police show no emotion as they prepare to remove another of many families evicted along the riverside on that dark day’
watch on as a Vietnamese resident is forced to deconstruct his home”
“After this photograph was taken I was invited to attend a meeting organised by the governor of Siem Reap. When we arrived back at the business, people employed by the local authorities were dismantling their coffee shop of fifteen years”
“A Vietnamese resident stands in the debris of the shell which was once her home”
''A man sits helpless in the destroyed remnants of what once his family of ten years.''
''A young girl walks past what was once her family home''