The Communities

Houses by the airport wall in Thmor Kol village

Three villages are at risk: Thmor Korl village, Prek Chisak, and Kok Chambork village, in Sangkat Choam Chao, Khan Por Sen Chey District, Phnom Penh. Of these Thmor Korl is most affected with over one hundred households having received eviction notices, while some 35 families in Prey Chisak have received notices, and only 4 households in Kok Chambork appear to be affected.

It seems all affected households are located along the southern wall of the airport grounds, and have been told they need to move because of a planned safety route along the perimeter of the airport.

Residents state they first moved into the three villages after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, before which the area was primarily farmland. Residents allegedly bought the land from a company, or from previous owners, who presumably had bought the land from the company in question. Most villagers purchased land from a private company known as Kim Sok Company, where prices ranged from $3,000 – $18,000. Apparently 12m x 5m plots of land were sold for around $3,000. Kim Sok was known as a small businessman in Thmor Korl village, he is located in house # 43 Eo, Village 06, St 274, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Dounpenh, Phnom Penh.

Sales were certified/authorized by village chiefs. Villagers have written permission from the commune and district hall to live on their land. The Por Sen Chey authority never informed the people that Thmor Korl was state land and when anyone asked authorities to sign land sales contract, the authorities always agreed, and made thumbprints on documents, which is why the villagers were able to obtain formal legal documents.

Residents possess multiple documents relevant to establishing their ownership of the lands they are being evicted from.


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