The proposed Sesan 2 dam threatens the existance of many villages along the Sesan River. Many of these villages are populated by already marginalized ethnic minorites such as the Tampuan and Lao people. Before the dam was proposed, the villages had already been struggling with unemployment, illeteracy, lack of access to education and health care, alcoholism, and the emotional and mental scars of the Khmer Rouge. Now, some villages face the prospect of being moved to make room for the resevoir. They will have to rely on the Chinese company building dam to compensate them. The people from villages which are not being relocated fear that the fish will disappear and that they will be subject to flooding should the dam either break or be opened without warning. The dam is going forward with minimal sharing of information, illegal actions on the part of the Chinese company constructing it, and widespread corruption in the Cambodian government.
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