The Fooding of Sesan
The Mekong river is the twelfth longest river in the world. Originating from the Tibetan Plateau it runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It provides a stable trade route between China and Southeast Asia whilst providing a livelihood for millions of people.
The Lower Sesan II dam is a joint venture between Chinese SOE Hydrolancang and Cambodia’s Royal Group. The 400 MW dam forms a part of China’s Belt and Road international development initiative. It is located at the confluence of the Sesan and Srepok tributary rivers in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia.
Approximately five thousand people, many of whom are ethnic minorities have been forcibly evicted to make way for the Season dam’s 33,560 hectare reservoir. The project will forever alter the livelihoods and cultures of tens of thousands of people living along the Sesan and Srepok rivers, whose lives and traditions are closely linked to the river system and its rich natural resources.