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In Pictures: Cambodia's Monsoon rain
Residents of an impoverished village near Siem Reap collect rain water to survive.
Last updated: 17 Feb 2014 12:33
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On the shores of the Tonle Sap - Cambodia’s "Great Lake" - a small settlement of fishermen who can no longer fish hides under posters of international aid projects, and provides a clear example of the complicated system of the humanitarian business in Southeast Asia.

People are forced to move kilometers away every year as the water rises from the "Great Lake" to flood surrounding villages. Unable to fish anymore since a law passed in 2006 outlawed fishing with small nets, a community 200 people lives under makeshift shelters in extreme poverty; their only income comes from hunting crickets at night.

Situated only a few kilometers away from the city of Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor temples, Chong Kneas is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, who rent boats to tour the Great Lake, while often ignoring the dire situation of the people residing on its shores. Residents say they face widespread malnutrition, a lack of potable water and few employment opportunities.

The dusty path that separates the two rows of houses serves as a playground for dozens of children who live with next to nothing. On one side, women bet their last Riels in card games, hiding their aces between their toes; on the other side, dogs and people share beds, napping away the day.

In the afternoon, the sky darkens and rain drops begin to fall. 

"Drinking water," says one resident, as he fills buckets with rain water.


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A mother sleeps while feeding her baby in their bamboo hut in Chong Kneas Village.


/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A young woman watches the horizon from her home, worried for the arrival of the storm.



/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Two of the youngest inhabitants of Chong Kneas are caught in the middle of the street by the start of the rain.



/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A girl passes through a sidewalk separating two rows of houses under a soaked towel while holding an old and dirty plastic bucket for collecting rain water.



/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

An hour in the monsoon rain is an opportunity that every child waits for as the flooded street turns into an improvised water park.




/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Once enough rain water has been collected, children are free to run through the flooded streets of the village.



/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Under the watchful eye of their parents and grandparents, children leave the protection of their leaky roofs and venture into the monsoon.



/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera
A group of children run after one of the toys made with the garbage that surrounds the village.


/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

One girl collects rain water in two plastic containers.



/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera
A child uses the water collected for a quick shower.


/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Cambodia is one of the fifteen countries of the world with the greatest economic growth in recent years, but one third of Cambodia's population lives on less than a dollar a day.




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A mother sleeps while feeding her baby in their bamboo hut in Chong Kneas Village.;*;

A young woman watches the horizon from her home, worried for the arrival of the storm.

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Two of the youngest inhabitants of Chong Kneas are caught in the middle of the street by the start of the rain.

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A girl passes through a sidewalk separating two rows of houses under a soaked towel while holding an old and dirty plastic bucket for collecting rain water.

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An hour in the monsoon rain is an opportunity that every child waits for as the flooded street turns into an improvised water park.


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Once enough rain water has been collected, children are free to run through the flooded streets of the village.

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Under the watchful eye of their parents and grandparents, children leave the protection of their leaky roofs and venture into the monsoon.

;*;A group of children run after one of the toys made with the garbage that surrounds the village.;*;

One girl collects rain water in two plastic containers.

;*;A child uses the water collected for a quick shower.;*;

Cambodia is one of the fifteen countries of the world with the greatest economic growth in recent years, but one third of Cambodia(***)s population lives on less than a dollar a day.

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A mother sleeps while feeding her baby in their bamboo hut in Chong Kneas Village.

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A mother sleeps while feeding her baby in their bamboo hut in Chong Kneas Village.

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A young woman watch into the horizon from her home worried for the arrival of the storm.

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A young woman watch into the horizon from her home worried for the arrival of the storm.

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Two of the youngest inhabitants of Chong Kneas are caught by the start of the rain In the middle of the street.

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Two of the youngest inhabitants of Chong Kneas are caught by the start of the rain In the middle of the street.

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A girl passes through the sidewalk that separates the two rows of houses under a soaked towel while holding an old and dirty plastic bucket.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/3532b24825bc8535e439ff8f65131a66Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A girl passes through the sidewalk that separates the two rows of houses under a soaked towel while holding an old and dirty plastic bucket.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/eae3e01d418ef7500360706cb9e44cf2

Three friends are walking the flooded street of the village by the first storm of the Cambodian Monsoon, one of them is protected from the rain with a paper advertizing relaxation in a local Spa.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/eae3e01d418ef7500360706cb9e44cf2Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Three friends are walking the flooded street of the village by the first storm of the Cambodian Monsoon, one of them is protected from the rain with a paper advertizing relaxation in a local Spa.

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With the end of the collection of water, children are free to run through the flooded streets of the village.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/ee9bcd0eeec157cd18cb9fdb956bbcd8Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

With the end of the collection of water, children are free to run through the flooded streets of the village.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/2369e4ecee6ade8b9d30c5591d75dd8f

Three children play under the heavy monsoon rain.

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Three children play under the heavy monsoon rain.

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A group of children run after one of the toys made with the garbage that surrounds the village.

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A group of children run after one of the toys made with the garbage that surrounds the village.

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One girl collects water from the rain in two plastic containers while filling a glass that she will use for shower.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/e11b7e003399f33cfae55e6bda8c589cOmar Havana/Al Jazeera

One girl collects water from the rain in two plastic containers while filling a glass that she will use for shower.

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A child uses the water collected for a quick shower.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/327a32ba11684a632447ad9fb527d115Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A child uses the water collected for a quick shower.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Monsoon_rain/slideshow/no-caption/5fdfbb1ec82b8a7cab9136c411e8f216

Cambodia is one of the fifteen countries of the world with the greatest economic growth in recent years, but one third of Cambodia's population lives on less than a dollar a day.

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Cambodia is one of the fifteen countries of the world with the greatest economic growth in recent years, but one third of Cambodia's population lives on less than a dollar a day.



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