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An image from Sentinel-2 taken on December 11, showing mining activities in areas designated as operation sites for Late Cheng Mining Development in the company's environmental impact assessment. (Credit: Licadho; Photo Credit: Jack Brook / CamboJA)

In Protected Prey Lang Forest, Communities Pushed Out But Mining Companies Welcomed In

Kampong Thom's Sandan district: Snang An village chief Sok Heng proudly displays a photo of his new home, constructed in July 2021, as his phone’s background image. But Late Cheng Mining Development, a gold mining firm with ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, now threatens to dismantle the home and has taken over his neighbors’ farmlands, he says.