Tue, Jan 09, 2018 - Page 5 News List

FEATURE: SE Asian livelihoods at risk
as China dams the Mekong

AFP, KANDAL, Cambodia

Firms and state agencies from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos also stand to gain from their investments in the hydropower projects.

“Much of the benefit will be reaped by the financial and business interests involved, with impacts to hit hardest local communities along the river,” Harris said.

Calls to protect the river have largely gone unheeded in Southeast Asia, where governments are eager to meet energy needs and unwilling to stand up to China or resist its cash.

That makes the Mekong’s dependents, such as fisherman Sles Hiet, an afterthought.

“We depend on the Mekong river,” he said. “Even though there are less fish, we are still trying, because we don’t have any other jobs and we have no land to farm.”

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