According to reports from Radio Free Asia (RFA), villagers in Cambodia’s Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces are voicing concerns for their health following reports that toxic waste from Chinese gold mines has been released into local rivers, sickening residents and killing livestock and fish.

Based on local media reports, Rong Cheng, a Chinese-owned company located in Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima district is among the companies blamed for the pollution.

Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service, local villager Saing Sary said that chemical run-off released by Rong Cheng has killed fish in nearby streams, and that cows and buffaloes have also died.

“My son was catching fish [in the polluted water], and his face and body became swollen,” he said. “Also, at least four to ten cows died, and because we could not sell their meat, we left them to decompose.”

Villagers in the district are losing their livelihoods but are afraid to stand up to the six Chinese companies that operate there, while authorities close down the smaller mines run by Cambodians but leave the Chinese companies alone, he said.

Other reports also claim unlawful tree felling by the Chinese companies in order to build roads in the area, servicing the mines.

Speaking to RFA, Eang Mengly — provincial coordinator for the Cambodian rights group Adhoc — said that authorities have failed to investigate reports of contamination and won’t crack down on companies that have violated their agreements not to pollute


中国金矿经营者被指控破坏柬埔寨的环境

根据自由亚洲电台(RFA)的报道,柬埔寨的井省(Kratie)和蒙多基里(Mondulkiri)省的村民表达了对他们健康的担忧,此前有报道称,来自中国金矿的有毒废料被排放到当地河流中导致居民生病,牲畜和鱼类的死亡。

根据当地媒体的报道,位于蒙多基里的克莱欧西玛(Keo Seima)区的一家中国公司荣成(Rong Cheng)也被指控是造成污染的公司之一。

当地居民萨利对亚洲自由电台(RFA)的高棉语服务说,荣成释放的化学物质杀死了附近溪流里的鱼,牛和水牛也死了。他说:“我儿子在污染的水中抓鱼,脸和身体都肿了。”“还有,我们至少死了四到十头牛,因为我们卖不出去这些死了的牛的肉,只能让它们腐烂。”

萨利还说,该地区的村民失去了生计,但他们不敢与在当地经营的六家中国公司对抗。更不幸的是当局关闭了柬埔寨人经营的小煤矿,但对中国公司置之不理。

其他报道还称,中国公司为了在该地区修路和煤矿产业发展非法砍伐树木。

柬埔寨特别人权组织(adhoc)的省级协调员蒙戈里(Eang mengal)对电台说,当局没有对污染报告进行调查,也不会打击那些违反了不污染协议的公司。

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