Coronavirus scare dampens land dispute relief for Ream villagers

A villager carries a bag of rice on October 12 in Ong Krao village, where residents will have to soon relocate to make way for a development project linked to tycoon Ly Yong Phat. Khuon Narim

Ream villagers have been nervous for the last month, after the land they are living on was part of a 600-hectare concession given to the family of influential tycoon Ly Yong Phat. Looking at past experiences, these villagers knew there was a high possibility they would be evicted from their homes in Preah Sihanouk province, and potentially forcefully.