Land grabbing in Cambodia

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Cambodia. In 1993, after the fall of Pol Pot, the Government decided to distribute the land to the workers for the production of rice. That year a population of only 5 million people was recorded, in fact, during the regime of the Khmer Rouge more than 2 million people had disappeared. Currently the population is estimated to be 16 million inhabitants. This population growth has created serious problems of survival for entire families of farmers, who, no longer able to cope with the basic necessities, decided to sell their land to foreign landowners such as Vietnamese or Thai and become their workers . On average a family is composed of 6 people (father, mother, 4 children). The daily earn of adults is 12,000 Riel (about $ 3) and the daily earnings of minors is 8,000 riel (about $ 2). (text by Luca Catalano Gonzaga).


A selection of photos from the archive of Luca Catalano Gonzaga is available as collector’s prints. The goal of print selling is to contribute to the realization of the photographic projects of Witness Image that narrate the great transformations of our time.