Income sources and living conditions are major concerns for poor urban communities in Phnom Penh. As the city continues to develop, a number of issues have caused controversy and tension in current society. If you take a look at the Boeung Chhouk community for example (located in Boeung Chhouk village, Kilometer 6 commune, Russey Keo district), you will be shocked when you see their horrible living conditions, whose problems include the following:
- Lack of rebuilt settlements after damage from a fire
- Insufficient financial resources for resettlement
- Makeshift roofs and settlements
- Low income from work
- Community evictions
- Poor hygiene and health standards
- Limited access to schools and transportation
- Lack of health care
The afore-mentioned problems can mostly be attributed to fire damage, unemployment, and land evictions. Forceful evictions carried out by the authorities have left Boeung Chhouk residents in desperate living conditions. On top of that, it is nearly impossible for residents to find jobs with decent salaries. Instead, they struggle everyday trying to make a living by selling dry prawns, working as motor-taxi drivers, garbage collectors, construction workers, or factory workers.
What are your thoughts on these issues in the Boeung Chhouk Community? What do you think is the best way to address these problems?