Asia Correspondent Andrew Buncombe for The Independent reported today that “Cambodia’s railway – for so long the victim of war, turmoil and the neglect that has beset the country – is poised to get moving again”.
Once Cambodia’s railway is completed, just one outstanding link – between Phnom Penh and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh city – will remain for a pan-Asian network to be ready. That network will help provide better links between the countries of south-east Asia and markets in China.
But not everyone in Cambodia is thrilled by the new railway. Indeed, many of the thousands of people who live alongside the tracks and scratch a living by selling goods believe they could be forced from their homes as the tracks are developed. Others, like the operators of the bamboo lorries, which have become a tourist attraction in their own right, could lose their livelihoods.