On May 29th 2015, Urban Voice Cambodia will be visiting the Trapeang Anchanh Community. Trapeang Anhchanh is a relocation site on the western outskirts of Phnom Penh, situated in the Trapeang Krasang commune, Porsenchey district. There are currently 168 households onsite that were forcibly evicted in September 2011 from the railway communities of Kilometre 6, Toul Sangke, and the Boeung Kak I commune, to make way for the ADB and AusAID funded railway rehabilitation project.
Close to 4,000 households have been affected by this project, which aims to restore Cambodia’s 650km of railway track, and has resulted in displacement for those families living along the tracks. Over a quarter of these households were supposed to move to the Trapeang Anhchanh relocation site. Unfortunately, the project has not lived up to the standards of the ADB Involuntary Resettlement Policy, which demands that affected households’ living standards after relocation should be at least equivalent to pre-project levels. Instead, relocated households have assumed unsustainable levels of debt and lost their livelihoods.
20 kilometers away from the center of Phnom Penh, Trapeang Anchanh is one of 41 relocation sites on the outskirts of the capital. As of today, running water, hygienic toilets, drainage systems and reliable electricity are available for people in the community. However, during the rainy season they still suffer from heavy flooding due to the small drainage system. The stagnant wastewater generally leads to residents catching diseases, especially children. After their eviction, each family received a 7 x 15 meter lot that was provided by the municipality of Phnom Penh.
The purpose of conducting a field visit to Trapeang Anchanh is to engage youth and community people with Urban Voice website, urban issues and urban development so that they can be updated on current situations in the community.
The community visit with Urban Voice Cambodia is open and free for all participants. In addition, the participants will get an Urban Voice T-shirt, notebook and pen, together with a special lunch with the Urban Voice Team.
Should you be interested in visiting the Trapeang Anchanh Community, please register with Urban Voice Cambodia. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis.