A way of life falls with trees

The Phnong ethnic minority in Mondulkiri province have heard the promises of development before. With increasing investment and the selling off of the region’s forests will come new roads and schools, they are told. But people in this ancient community, tired of seeing their sacred forests handed over to logging firms and felled with few of the promises fulfilled, say they would rather be left alone than exposed to this sort of “development”. … According to officials, 28 companies hold economic land concessions in the province, covering almost 180,000 hectares. …

May Titthara