[blogs.actionaid.org.au] Recently, as many readers may know, there has been the outbreak of conflict between the Thai and Cambodian forces. By the time we are sitting with these villagers the conflict has ended but the soldiers are still present in the forests.
The villagers patrol regularly in these forests, equipped only with a knife and a mobile phone. They noticed a group of soldiers that were cutting down logs illegally. When they approached, the soldiers stated that they had permission from their commander to log in the forest and then proceeded to fire on the community patrollers.
On return to their homes, the patrollers informed the head of the group of what had happened. With the support of CDA staff, an ActionAid Cambodia implementing partner, the community group rang the Cambodian Forestry Commission with such persistency that, the responsible official eventually agreed to contact the Army Commander.
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