Mr.Min, a prolific fisherman, talented farmer and blacksmith, at his home in an island in the Mekong.
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Too many hours of too many days in too many weeks were spent translating and subtitling footage, BUT at least today Vutha and I got a taste of South Africa in Cambodia. Props to the hotel owner who loved Savanna cider so much she imported it from halfway across the world
A quiet Phnom Penh night, after the rains
Rin Sarun became a monk to learn about the world, to have the freedom to study and pray all day, for years on end. And now that he's left his floating village, and gotten used to life on land, he's not sure he'll go back. Finishing up a few stories for @the_fulbright_program and @natgeo
The village chief of Phluk gets a light after dinner at Mr.Mai's house, which itself is lit by one bulb connected to a car battery. At this point, everyone is getting hammered on rice wine, and a cloud of smoke hangs in the wooden house. Only 2 weeks remain before Cambodia's largest dam is sealed, leaving a lot of uncertainty for what residents of Phluk might do if their fish catch decreases or their river rises.
The sun rises early over the Mekong as a fishing vessel heads out for the day. In a few months, this area, right after the confluence of the Mekong and Sesan River, will be crowded with hundreds of fishing boats.
Just your average Thursday
At one point, Ke He points 800 meters away to the approximate location of the house she was born in, 68 years ago. It was at that house where she left for school everyday, trekking through once lush jungle to get to class. Her education level is remarkable- she nearly finished high school at a time when schools were scarce, especially on a remote island in the Mekong. She could speak French. It was also at that house where she fended off marriage advances from a man 3 years her senior with a broken arm. Nevertheless, he persisted, for a year (!) , and today their family includes 3 kids and 11 grandchildren. #onassignment for @natgeo and @the_fulbright_program
Nearly one year old Reap plays with her grandmother in Phluk, 6km downstream of the Lower Sesan 2 dam and on the banks of the Sesan River. Life in Phluk revolves around rice farming, fishing and raising livestock for selling. Encroaching development like the dam, electricity transmission lines and deforestation however are quickly changing how people have lived for many generations, for better and for worse. #onassignment for #fulbright and #natgeo
"We ask him why he continues to do this conservation work, to endure long days with no pay and potential risk. 'Without sacrifice, these natural resources will all be destroyed. If I don’t sacrifice, who will?'" New story up for the @natgeo
Voices blog about the many diverse livelihoods that depend on the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River. Link in bio. Big thanks to @makara_ouch
@kakronachan and @svutha for their kindness, patience and help during our travels.
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@svutha 's daughter dangles in a harness on a moto on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Kids share a laugh at a floating secondary school on Tonle Sap lake. The "school buses" here are just a bunch of Vietnamese-imported boats that ferry kids back and forth across the water.
I was wondering what was lightly bumping against the floorboards at night, when me and Makara slept on the floor at Hakley's floating home. On the last day he loosened a board to reveal a small fish farm. It'd be a few more months before the fish were ready for market, so he was fattening them up in the meantime. He suspended a mud and rice mixture over the water and waited. It wasn't long before fish began swarming to the top, chipping away at it in violent bursts.