Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Riding past walls marked with graffiti through narrow back alleys, I asked around for how to get to Phnom Penh’s biggest lake, the Boeung Kak lake and the locals pointed me in various directions and continued to smile wryly, shaking their heads saying, ‘No lake’.
Few minutes later, I found myself standing on sand where once a lake stood, where once thousands of families lived on it’s banks and sustained themselves on it’s waters. A lake which is now sand, where will be built an 80 million dollar commercial and housing project. Hundreds have been imprisoned for protesting illegal evictions and thousands wait homeless and landless, and future maps of the city will prove the lake’s inexistence.