Patience and perseverance Across rural Cambodia, thousands of families feel insecure in their own homes. They live in fear and uncertainty because, since 2000, almost 800,000 people have been forcefully evicted from their homes. In Eastern Cambodia, the privatisation of the local rubber plantation not only removed this communities livelihoods but threatened the loss of the homes these families had lived in for generations. The community spent seven years fighting this injustice; but they had no success. Rather than allowing the conflict to escalate, Cord equipped the community with the skills and confidence to work peacefully with the local government and to develop a relationship of trust with them. Now 434 families in this community have secured the land titles that protect their homes. “Nothing is bigger than land, a house and having a roof over our heads. If we don’t have land and a roof to live under, we don’t have freedom.” Srei Oun, together with Soucheng, who's story you can read here, represented the community during the land dispute. A married mother of four, she is a farmer and grocery vendor. Because she stood up on behalf of her community, she faced intimidation, was offered bribes and was repeatedly challenged. She was even taken to the police post for questioning. But she was not afraid. She was patient and didn’t react to their threats. The local authorities tried to intimidate Srei Oun with legal action, but she was undeterred by this, responding, “Yes… bring the legal action; put it on the table, we will know who is right and who is wrong.” Her confidence caused them to storm out of the meeting.F ollowing this meeting, she made preparations to go to court, but was never summoned. She was also accused of acting in her own interests, that she was only interested in her own personal gain. But Srei Oun knew that she had the trust and respect of her community. She believed in acting openly and honestly and so would declare to the authorities whenever she held a meeting, informing them of the objective each time. Despite the struggles, she remained confident, because she believed in what she was doing. Her biggest challenge was also her biggest strength; “Patience, perseverance and staying strong.” And the impact makes it worthwhile, now her community has their land titles, they are happy. They can leave their homes without fear it will be taken whilst they are gone; they can secure a loan with which to start a business and provide for their families again; they can pass their home onto their children once they are gone. The story of this community's fight will feature in our upcoming BBC Radio 4 Appeal, presented by Dan Snow on the 26th and 30th of November. To find out more and to read more stories from this community, please click here.