The rush to grab land in Cambodia revealed: photo exhibition in Washington, DC

Al Kinley

Blog post by Al Kinley

Oxfam Great Britain, Digital campaigner
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Around the world, a rush to grab land is underway. In Cambodia, the impact of land grabs on the livelihoods of poor people has made the issue one of the country's most contentious.

This week Oxfam and acclaimed photographer Emma Hardy – whose work is regularly featured in The New York Times magazine, TIME, Vanity Fair and Vogue – reveals a photo exhibition in Washington, DC. The photos in “Cambodia: Losing Ground” are stunning shots from Cambodia, where land grabs are affecting poor people in a big way.

Emma travelled there to capture the life of one community fighting to reclaim their rights to own, inhabit and work the land they once owned.

The collection was created in support of Oxfam's efforts to bring attention to land grabs. It was first featured in The Economists' Intelligent Life magazine and had a successful exhibition in London last month.

It’s timed neatly to meet the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference also taking place in DC this week. There, representatives from governments, the development community, civil society, academia, and the private sector will discuss issues of concern to communities, land practitioners and policymakers. We want them to consider the significance of land grabs at the conference. Tens of thousands of people have already signed our petition asking the World Bank to help stop land grabs.

Tens of thousands of people have already signed our petition asking the World Bank to help stop land grabs.

If you’re near Washington DC, come and see the exhibition. It’s open 5-10pm daily, it’s free, and visitors who mention Oxfam at the bar enjoy specials 5–7pm!

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Below are a few photos from Hardy, some of which will be featured in the pop-up gallery exhibit, from April 10th to the 21st. Address: Avenue Suites Hotel, 2500 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037. See invite here.

1) Boeung Kak lake was once one of Phnom Penh’s graceful attractions, until it was sold for so-called “luxury development."

2) Street view, Andong slum

3) Woman collecting water snails for food

4) Sor Sat, Executive Director of the Cambodian non-profit, Action for Environment and Communities, after a long meeting

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If you can't make it to DC, you can still tell the World Bank to act on land grabs!