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Residents losing land to sand thieves in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, May 25, 2015, 14:03 GMT+7
Unlawful sand exploitation and transactions take place blatantly at a section of Dong Nai River which goes through District 9’s Truong Thanh Ward.
Unlawful sand exploitation and transactions take place blatantly at a section of Dong Nai River which goes through District 9’s Truong Thanh Ward.
Law-defying sand exploitation and transactions take place blatantly at a section of Dong Nai River which goes through District 9’s Long Phuoc Ward.
Law-defying sand exploitation and transactions take place blatantly at a section of Dong Nai River which goes through District 9’s Long Phuoc Ward.
Huge loads of sand are pumped from a smaller boat into a bigger one right on the river.
Huge loads of sand are pumped from a smaller boat into a bigger one right on the river.
Thieves are pictured approaching residents’ land dykes, poking two long pipes deep into the riverbed to suck sand in.
Thieves are pictured approaching residents’ land dykes, poking two long pipes deep into the riverbed to suck sand in.
Thieves have a boatful of sand around 40 minutes later and waste no time in selling them to the owner of a waiting larger boat.
Thieves have a boatful of sand around 40 minutes later and waste no time in selling them to the owner of a waiting larger boat.
Dozens of sampans and large boats riddle an area which used to be locals’ land.
Dozens of sampans and large boats riddle an area which used to be locals’ land.
H., a resident, points at his “evaporated” land plot on a map.
H., a resident, points at his “evaporated” land plot on a map.
Locals in District 9’s Long Phuoc Ward in Ho Chi Minh City have erected hundreds of pikes in desperate attempts to deter illegal sand miners.
Locals in District 9’s Long Phuoc Ward in Ho Chi Minh City have erected hundreds of pikes in desperate attempts to deter illegal sand miners.
Nguyen Trung Thu, a local land owner who has lost over 1,000 square meters of land to illegal sand exploiters, shows her land use right certificate.
Nguyen Trung Thu, a local land owner who has lost over 1,000 square meters of land to illegal sand exploiters, shows her land use right certificate.

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