Photographer's Note

Unlike his mother who had surrendered to sleep on the hammock, this boy was well awake, quietly watching, from behind the chicken wire, the "life" going on outside.

If one could ignore the wire and did not know where this was taken, he could think this was the cosy veranda of a relatively nice house where this family's members would spend lazy afternoons together, taking naps on the hammock...Except it was not...This was actually taken at Chong Kneas, the Vietnamese floating village at the north edge of Tonle Sap Lake where people live in often one-roomed floating homes struggling in extreme poverty and environmental degradation.

Over recent years, the village has become an interesting nearby "attraction" for tourists visiting Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat complex. Aboard wooden motor-boats, hundreds of them advance down the brown waters of the lake among tens of floating houses with no electricity, fresh water or gas... The seasonal floods shift the shoreline of the lake by some six kilometers every year forcing the villagers to move their homes in order to maintain their livelihood. Please see the workshop image to get a better view of these floating homes.

Also previously on TE, several members have shared photos and thought-provoking information on Chong Kneas. You may especially take a look at the themes The Floating Misery and A quick return to Chong Kneas by ngythanh to learn more about the stateless lives and unending misery of the inhabitants of this village...

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