On the 2nd of May, 2023, a gathering took place in the Tranquil village of Sre Ampil, nestled in the Sre Khtom Commune of Keo Seima District, Mondulkiri Province. The meeting was convened to address a pressing issue – the data loss for 48 plots of land, belonging to individuals who had left the community for land already cleared from community land. The village chief and Development Partnership in Action (DPA) coordinated this crucial meeting.
As the meeting unfolded, all community committees made a startling claim. They denied any involvement with the community land. Their reasoning was simple yet profound – when the expert used a GPS device, it would emit a sound if the community land overlapped. Armed with this knowledge, the individuals who had lost their 48 land plots prepared to present a complaint to the experts, accompanied by a letter of rejection from the community committee.
The meeting was attended by a diverse group of 27 individuals, including nine women. The attendees comprised representatives from 2 DPAs, 1 CLEC, 1 Sre Khtom commune, 1 village chief, 8 community committees, and 14 local residents. Each one played a crucial role in the proceedings, contributing their unique perspectives to the discussion.
This tale serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration in addressing complex issues, a beacon of hope for those seeking justice for their lost lands.