In Kratie, ethnic minorities struggle with drought and sanitation issues

A Mil family at home in Rolus village.
A Mil family at home in Rolus village. Charlotte Pert

In Kratie, ethnic minorities struggle with drought and sanitation issues

Kratie, northwest Cambodia. In late March, the land in this western corner of the Kingdom is dry and arid. Access to water is limited, coming from wells provided from charitable organisations. The drought, and ensuing sanitation deficiency, is a problem for all the communities living there, including three ethnic minorities: around 570 Khohn; the Mil, numbering 300; and some 1,000 Krol. They differ from their Khmer neighbours in several respects. All speak their own languages and practice Brahmanism, an early religion of the Indian subcontinent that pre-dates Buddhism.

A Krol family chop up the trunk of a banana tree to use as food for pigs in Srei Cheas village.
A Krol family chop up the trunk of a banana tree to use as food for pigs in Srei Cheas village. Charlotte Pert
The family of the Khohn village chief in front of their home in Chhork village.
The family of the Khohn village chief in front of their home in Chhork village. Charlotte Pert
A girl belonging to the Mil ethnic minority.
A girl belonging to the Mil ethnic minority. Charlotte Pert
A Mil woman making clothes in her family home.
A Mil woman making clothes in her family home. Charlotte Pert
A young Krol child.
A young Krol child. Charlotte Pert
Elderly Khohn women in Chhork village take refuge from the midday sun.
Elderly Khohn women in Chhork village take refuge from the midday sun. Charlotte Pert
Yein Hein, 49, far right, with some of her family. The Krol minority group live in Srei Cheas village, Kratie.
Yein Hein, 49, far right, with some of her family. The Krol minority group live in Srei Cheas village, Kratie. Charlotte Pert
Some 100 Mil families live in Rolus village, Kratie.
Some 100 Mil families live in Rolus village, Kratie. Charlotte Pert
Drought poses a serious problem for this Krol community. Yein Hein, in pink shirt, is mother to many children.
Drought poses a serious problem for this Krol community. Yein Hein, in pink shirt, is mother to many children. Charlotte Pert

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