Cambodian Dam Project May Threaten People and Endangered Species

Southwestern Cambodia's Areng Valley is home to the Chong people, who have lived in the area for centuries, and to over 31 endangered species. Villagers have recently teamed up with Buddhist monks from Phnom Penh in an effort to protect the valley from a hydroelectric dam project. Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam highlights the region's significance to one family—and what it might mean to lose their home—in her short documentary Fight for Areng Valley

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