Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change

| November 14, 2017
Strengthening resilience: Promise in a time of climate change

© Cesar Lopez Balan

During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol Ta Aek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the water line is evident on the villagers’ homes and fences where the floods reached a year ago.

Kong Halimas, 53, washes her family’s clothes outside. “With the new drainage system, our children go to school on time and their books are no longer wet,” she said.

October marks the tail end of a long rainy season here and many neighborhoods, both urban and rural, are flooded. Children swim in trenches, and debris blocks the limited drainage. The moped taxi system, known as “Tuk-Tuks,” forge through the streets, a full tire-deep or deeper with a muddy gruel splashing upwards.

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