Pheap, Hemakcheat Cinema Slum, Phnom Penh.
“I’m married to a policeman.”
Pheap has lived in the Hemakcheat Cinema for 10 years. She doesn’t know if she has the right to live here, but residences are sold from person to person nonetheless. Pheap’s home is a converted room near the top floor where living conditions are relatively good. The lower floor, which consists of tiny wooden shacks built where cinema seats once stood, is a different story altogether though. Here the conditions are dire. There’s no sewage or waste management and holes in the roof and walls have allowed hundreds of bats to move in. Hygiene is non existent.
Ker's family, Mekong River, Phnom Penh.
Ker, 62, Mekong River, Phnom Penh.
“My boat is my home … I have no choice. I want to live on land but I have no money. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” .
Ker has lived on a boat all of his life. His family have 5 boats in total and they make a living fishing and trading at the local Kandal Market. .
“It’s hard living on a boat, especially when it’s raining. We have to move around because the police tell us we can’t stay here. We don’t know why, but we have to move on nonetheless. Before we had no electricity, but we saved up to buy solar panels so we can use lights at night.”