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In Kampong Speu, tradition endures

Hel Son, 55, and On Hom, 57, pose in traditional Suy clothing, which is usually worn on special occasions.
Hel Son, 55, and On Hom, 57, pose in traditional Suy clothing, which is usually worn on special occasions. Charlotte Pert

In Kampong Speu, tradition endures

The Suy minority is made up of 238 families from five villages across Kampong Speu. They still wear unique clothes but children do not learn their traditional language at school. The community is worried that it may soon be lost.

The Suy people have one of the lowest populations of any indigenous group in Cambodia.
The Suy people have one of the lowest populations of any indigenous group in Cambodia. Charlotte Pert
The Suy are embroiled in land disputes with companies who are taking their rice fields.
The Suy are embroiled in land disputes with companies who are taking their rice fields. Charlotte Pert
The Suy people’s livelihoods have traditionally been based on non-timber forest products and cultivation.
The Suy people’s livelihoods have traditionally been based on non-timber forest products and cultivation. Charlotte Pert
Ven Samin, 45, is part of the Indigenous Rights Active Members Network, which works to help indigenous communities.
Ven Samin, 45, is part of the Indigenous Rights Active Members Network, which works to help indigenous communities. Charlotte Pert
The Suy people worship a goddess called Yeay Te.
The Suy people worship a goddess called Yeay Te. Charlotte Pert

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