An elderly lady and child at a community in Phnom Penh set for demolition due to land grabbers claiming their land, 2009.

Since this image was made, the land where dozens of families once lived has long since been destroyed and developed by property investors. As in so many instances around the world, the development of cities comes at a high price for the most vulnerable and poorest, forcing people to lose their land, homes and livelihoods.

On a personal note, the image also evokes thoughts about the different generations and the hope that the child will have a brighter future than of the lady who will have lived through Cambodia’s darkest of times.


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