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Brave and superb activist Meng Heng exposes the potential relationship between commander of the Prime Minister's personal body guard unit Hing Bun Hieng and the theft of indigenous land in the northern province of Preah Vihear, to make way for a large and mysterious gold mine.  Less than 48 hours after the video was released, top level officials traveled to the area to assure the family in the video that her land would be returned to her immediately.  

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May 27th, 2018​​

Few Cambodian tycoons have the influence, power and political backing of Ly Yong Phat, head of the infamous LYP Group.  Even fewer are able to order large vessels coming into the country from abroad to switch off their mandatory Automatic Identification Systems, or AIS, despite this practice being outright banned.  This is precisely what appears to be happening at LYP's so-called 'Special Economic Zone', where tens of thousands of tons of silica sand are being extracted from and exported to places like Tainwa, Malaysia and Thailand.   

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July 8th, 2017​​

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October 8th, 2016

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September 8th, 2018​​

First ever drone footage of the awesome Peam Krosaob Wildlife Sanctuary of coastal Koh Kong, one of the largest in the whole of Asia.  The footage, used many times by national media outlets when reporting on the issue of sand mining / smuggling in Cambodia, combines stunning views of the mangrove forests with large scale destructive sand mining, just before the extraction was halted.   
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A snippet of the movie by Fran Lambrick "I am Chut Wuthy", which we posted in 5 different episodes, this shocking footage of local police trying to arrest the brave activist in the jungles of Prey Long (only to be rescued by local forest activists) was one of 2016's most viewed videos on Cambodia's Facebook world.  Chhut Wuthy was murdered, most likely on orders from vested interests linked to the country's ruling elite, in April of 2012. His death has inspired countless youth to become environmental defenders., including our group's founders. Watch it on Facebook here;

May 1st, 2017​​

September 18th, 2015

June 21st, 2018

Despite their pristine beauty, the islands off the coast of Botum Sakor & Kiri Sakor districts of Koh Kong province are known by very few Cambodians. Not unlike the illegal selling of the nearby Botum Sakor National Park around 2008, and much in line with the sale of countless other part of Cambodia, these gem-like islands have been awarded as 'Economic Land Concessions' to dodgy investors from all walks of life. After years of sitting on these concessions, little to no development is happening in these islands, a clear violation of Cambodia's Land Law. In this video, brave activist LIm Kimsor demands that the state annuls these secretive concessions and returns these islands to the state, for the benefit of all Cambodians..  You can watch it on Facebook here

February 24th, 2016

Our Videos

In one of the rare instances where a Cambodian has dared to publicly confront the dictatorial Prime Minister Hun Sen, Hun Vannak exposes the lies and deceit behind the government's recent call for youth to join the government in the protection of the environment.  Vannak was jailed in September 2017 under completely fabricated charges, while filming a video out on the open sea. 

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March 10th, 2018

January 2nd, 2017

Animist traditions by Cambodia's indigenous communities are under threat, chiefly caused by the failed, border-line criminal policies of the Cambodian government.  In this short video, the Chong of Areng Valley, one of the very few communities who were able to fence off the threat of forced relocation and the end of their culture, traditions and livelihoods, explain the values of one of their most important ceremonies.
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Co-founder and Director of MNC Alejandro González-Davidson, exiled out of Cambodia and subsequently blacklisted in early 2015 due to his involvement in the campaign to save the Areng Valley, sends an appeal to Prime Minister Hun Sen and asks to be allowed to return to Cambodia to defend himself against baseless charges related to our campaign against illegal sand dredging. Though the video was viewed over half a million times, and widely picked up by the media, the Prime Minister remained silent. Gonzalez-Davidson remains in the government's so-called 'blacklist', while the Koh Kong's judiciary has issued a warrant for his arrest.  
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Thun Ratha buries himself for a second time in sand and asks yet another question, this time to the Minister of Economy, in relation to irregularities in sand exports to India.  Viewed a million times, and shared more than 48K times, this video played an instrumental role in the eventual banning of further exports of construction and reclamation sand out of Cambodia.  

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Our most successful video, by far, viewed over 2.5 million times (that's just on our FB page!) and shared over 105K times. Three activists repeat the formula of burying themselves neck-deep in sand to highlight that, yet-again, the vast majority of sand exports to a country in the region (this time silica sand, the importing country being Taiwan) have gone 'missing' from official Cambodian export data.  Two of the activists involved in the video were charged with 'incitement to commit a felony' and '​violation of privacy', while shooting a follow-up video.  

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This video, showing one of our brave young activists buried deep-neck in a pile of sand ready to be transported to Singapore, not just went viral, it also sparked nationwide revulsion at how 70 million tons of sand exports to Singapore could have 'disappeared' from Cambodia's official export data.  It also helped push for the creation of corruption inquiries, and eventually forced a temporary ban on further sand exports to Singapore.  
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With Cambodia's independent investigative media under systematic attack by the Hun Sen dictatorship, there has never been a better time for activists and citizens from all walks of life to help highlight some of the issues the Phnom Penh regime does not want people to know. In this video, environmental activist Meng Heng presents to fellow Cambodians the extremely deadly sodium cyanide, widely used in the country's out-of-control gold mining industry. The video, which went crazily viral  in just a few days, with at least half a dozen other FB pages re-posting it themselves and reaching audiences of several hundred thousands just in a few days, was filmed in the same Kratie commune of Kontuot, where up to 17 villagers died in May of 2018, most likely due to cyanide poisoning their main water supply.    You can watch it on Facebook here

May 6th, 2016

MNC activist Lim Kimsor, a former land grabbing victim herself, exposes the lies and incompetency of the Cambodian government in relation to the alleged ban on further sand exports.  The video, viewed more than 700K times and shared 41K shares so far, was also widely picked up by the media and sparked a nonsensical reaction by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.  ​Watch it on Facebook here;

The Chinese company Union Development Group, (UDG), was in 2007 secretly awarded a huge so-called Economic Land Concession measuring in total 46,000 hectares, which includes 20% of the entire country's coastline. All of it illegally carved out of what was then the country's 2nd largest National Park, the Botum Sakor, thousands of families were coerced, cheated and physically evicted from their home and land. In the village of Koh Smach, also known as Puy Japon, Three brave families remain though, despite relentless harassment against them, including by the anything-but-independent judiciary. In this video, Lim Kimsor (alias GG) confronts the head of the Cambodian dictatorship Hun Sen and asks him a question on this most pressing issue.    You can watch it on Facebook here

One of Mother Nature Cambodia's most successful strategies has been to use social media, chiefly our own Facebook page 'Mother Nature Cambodia', to highlight not just the beauty and fragility of the areas we are striving to protect, but also to expose the corruption, human rights abuses and environmental destruction that comes hand in hand with so-called development projects under the dictatorship of Hun Sen. Our videos, a mixture of thorough investigation - online as well as grassroots-based - and short and easy to digest messages presented by brave activists, regularly reach millions of Cambodians.  Some of them have also been repeatedly picked up by the media, politicians, NGOs, etc, and have helped inspire countless others to become engaged in environmental issues afflicting our country.  And perhaps most importantly, these videos have provided a chance for Cambodians from all walks of life to express their own opinions and feelings in issues such as the protection of the environment and transparency, while at the same time holding those in charge of the government accountable for their actions. 


​Below is a compilation of our most successful videos so far, in chronological order. 

Note: to get a better idea of the high impact of our videos, mentioning number of Likes, Shares, Comments, etc, watch them on our Facebook page (link next to each video's description). Also do note that as many FB pages pick up and 're-post' our videos on their own pages, the true scale of our videos is much higher than what is depicted on our page.  

One of South East Asia's largest mangrove forests, the Peam Krosaob Wildlife Sanctuary, is again under threat by sand mining. Hun Vannak directly confronts Cambodian Minister for Environment Say Somal on the presence of an illegal sand mining facility.  The Minister's response? muteness. ​Watch it on Facebook here

April 22nd, 2016

August 10th, 2018​​

April 6th, 2017​​

As the Hun Sen dictatorship continued to crack down on voices of dissent, 

with activists, journalists, parliamentarians and ordinary citizens being jailed for simply speaking the truth, it is time for puppets to give it a try. In this pilot video, 'Aseiha' the puppet exposes our investigation on the illegal filling of a protected mangrove forest in coastal Koh Kong, needless to say conducted with the connivance of powerful government figures, and with the backing of a well-connected tycoon.  Though no arrests were made, the illegal filling-in was stopped on direct orders of the Prime Minister.  Watch it on Facebook here;

March 17th, 2017​​

One of the co-founders of our movement, Doem Kundy, sits on the main beach along Koh Kong city, surrounded by endless piles of garbage, and asks the province's new governor if she is going to do anything about this growing issue.  Less than 48 hours later, as if by magic, the governor and scores of 'volunteers' started cleaning up the whole beach and surrounding areas.  The power of publicly naming and shaming officials, again at work. / Watch it on Facebook here;

September 11th, 2017​​

July 10th, 2017​​