Tonle Sap Viet­namese ‘re­luc­tant’ to move

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

WHILE more than 100 eth­nic Viet­namese fam­i­lies out of the 300 liv­ing in float­ing houses on the Tonle Sap River in Kam­pong Chh­nang prov­ince are will­ing to be re­lo­cated, a small num­ber are hold­ing out. A Viet­namese na­tional who wished to re­main anony­mous said the re­main­ing fam­i­lies were hes­i­tant to move as the new lo­ca­tion is too far, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to earn a liv­ing and for their chil­dren to go to school. But the prov­ince’s Viet­namese As­so­ci­a­tion head, Bour Yang Bea, wel­comed the author­ity’s de­ci­sion. “It’s good when we move to land. They can get ben­e­fits such as ac­cess to hospi­tal and school and find jobs. Some don’t want to move be­cause they worry about the loss of in­come,” he said.

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