The Chong people consider the Areng River at the foot of Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains a sacred inheritance from their ancestors. The river sustains lush forests with rare elephant, tiger and crocodile species. The Chong people fish, grow rice, and gather roots and mushrooms on the river banks. They say that piles of money could not replace their river if it were destroyed by a dam.
No more damn dams!
Thank you, Mr. Bosshard for this beautiful and inspiring article. I live near a river and understand its sacredness. The last of the unspoiled places must be protected. Indeed, rivers ARE the planet’s arteries and thus integral to the lives of all species.