Street Food, Railway Slums, Phnom Penh.
Pov, 67, Railway Slums - Phnom Penh.
"I've lived here since 1979"
Pov dries cooked-rice on the railway tracks outside her home, which she then sells for 20 cents a kilo. She lives with her family, but said her husband passed away 5 years ago. She is still coming to grips with his loss as she was moved to tears when mentioning him.
Despite its seedy reputation, the ‘White Building’ is a place some 2,500 people have come to call home.
After the Khmer Rouge were ousted in 1979, the surviving population returned to a Phnom Penh that must have seemed like a ghost town. Given nearly a quarter of the population were wiped out, many houses and apartments were left abandoned. The White Building was one such example of this, being re-inhabited by returning residents and squatters alike.
In 2014, the White Building was deemed unsafe by the municipal government. A demolition order was issued and residents were to be relocated to new housing on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The demolition order was quickly revoked however, yet residents remain fearful that their homes will be repossessed and their land given over to property developers.